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Announcement from Katie Dodd, CEO, Newcastle Carers
Tuesday 4th February
After much consideration I have decided to leave Newcastle Carers. My mum died suddenly and unexpectedly in October last year and as is so often the case with life changing events, I’ve taken some time to evaluate what I want as I head towards 50.
Between my sister becoming a drug addict and alcoholic when I was 12 and subsequently dying when I was 36 and my mum developing Alzheimer’s, I’ve had a 7 year period in my life when I haven’t had a caring role and I’m very tired. Mum has left a modest inheritance which gives me an unexpected opportunity to take a different direction in life and to pursue new and exciting opportunities. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do and will take the summer to weigh up my options.
This has not been an easy decision. I have a great job, surrounded by a skilled and fantastic staff team and volunteers and a dynamic and ambitious board of trustees. I enjoy working in the wider Newcastle environment and at a regional and national level. I’m leaving when the organisation in a very strong position – a third of the way into our statutory contract, continued success in fundraising enabling us to extend and improve services, a positive and strong reputation and financially sound. It will be a great opportunity for a new CEO to take Newcastle Carers to the next phase. I have no doubt it will continue to succeed and provide high quality services for unpaid carers.
I am working with our Board to appoint my replacement and will not leave until early June – giving the organisation and the new CEO time to settle into the new leadership.
With best wishes