Handling the move and letting go

I’m changing jobs in a few weeks time and it doesn’t quite seem real. I’ve been here at LWA for over six years, leading an organisation I truly love. The staff never cease to humble me with their dedication and skill, the service users demonstrate on a daily basis their strength and bravery, and I am lucky to work with brilliant partners both locally and nationally.

Working with women experiencing domestic violence is something I have wanted to do pretty much since the first day of my women’s studies degree. It took me a while to get there and I never would have dreamed that I would be the CEO of such an organisation. So, I have to admit to questioning myself is the small hours. Why am I leaving? Is it the right decision?

For me it is the right thing to do. We should never stop having dreams. I have wanted to work in palliative care since my mum died when I was ten years old. More recent experiences of both excellent and indifferent care for terminally ill relatives reignited that desire. So again, I am lucky and privileged to be taking a role as Director of Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospice in Leeds. It’s another dream, another challenge, another part of the charity world for me to immerse myself in.

I know that someone brilliant will take my place here at LWA. Someone who thinks differently to me, who can do things I can’t (not covering the office in blue tac would be a great start) and who can lead the organisation through its next phase.

I feel strongly connected to LWA, it will always be important to me and I hope to remain involved in the future. I’m still a feminist, still believe that violence against women and girls is a vital issue requiring intensive campaigning and adequately funded services, and I am massively proud of some of the groundbreaking work we’ve undertaken in my time here such as opening an independently funded refuge and developing th Women’s Lives Leeds consortium with our partners.

I’m going to have to let go, but I’m here for a few more weeks so not just yet!


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Hospice Director at Sue Ryder Wheatfields, feminist, mum of twins, committed to working together to ensure a sustainable, high quality voluntary sector.

One thought on “Handling the move and letting go”

  1. Thank you for your honest perspective of leaving an organization and mission that is so dear to you and one in which you have such deep connections. I appreciate your honest perspective about why the time has come for you to move on to that next dream. I was with Planned Parenthood’s risk management organization for nine years and so I relate to what you have said about having other dream to explore but the honest tug you feel in response to making the decision to move on. I believe it is the many different opportunities we have that contribute to the strong women we are.

    It sounds like you have big shoes to fill and I wish you congratulations on taking that next step.

    A good friend of mine is a palliative care physician. Here is a link to an article she referenced. It may be of use to you.


    Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures.


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