Our Centre Director, Fiona Greenfield, is stepping down at the end of March after 15 years running our successful branch of Relate.
All of us here were very sad to hear of Fiona’s decision but we understand that she has devoted so much time and enthusiasm to creating a thriving local service and now wants to explore new goals. In that spirit, our Trustees are taking this opportunity to make changes behind the scenes to further build our sustainability by formally merging with our close Relate neighbours and collaborators, Relate London North West & Hertfordshire.
We already have very close and trusted working ties, both in training Relate counsellors and contracted counselling service delivery, so for our clients it will be ‘business as usual’ from familiar faces. Our funders and key partners in the community can rely on our continued high standards of service and governance.
For both branches of Relate this is seen as an opportunity for two successful organisations in good financial health to voluntarily become one stronger organisation. We are being welcomed as a great addition to an already well-run and successful operation that will be able to offer more security and opportunity to our teams and ensure continuing high quality local Relate counselling services.
This is an opportunity to join forces and strengthen our position and clients, funders and supporters can rest assured that we will continue to operate in our existing local areas.
Ewan Malcolm, the current CEO at Relate London North West & Hertfordshire, will lead the merged organisation. We have five of our Trustees moving across to the new Board including our chair, Janice Campbell, who will be the new vice-Chair. We will retain our counsellors and support team.
Fiona says: “It has been a great privilege to look after such a fantastic organisation for many years and whilst it will be a wrench for me to let go, I am confident we have made the best move possible to ensure that Relate is around for many years to come in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire, promoting healthy relationships – never more needed than now.”