Cruse Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake has announced that she is to retire after 10 years as CEO. Debbie said:
"I have now worked for Cruse for 18 years, the last 10 years as CEO. Over that time we’ve achieved so much together, reaching out to even more bereaved people and now providing support to nearly half a million people each year. It was clear from my recent attendance at the international conference on contemporary grief and bereavement in Lisbon just how respected the name of Cruse is around the world.
"I think that the time is now right, both for me and for Cruse as an organisation, to hand over the reins to the next person who will work with the Board of Trustees to lead us through the next exciting stage in our development, so I will be stepping down as CEO early next year. I have loved working for Cruse and will always feel passionate about the work this incredible organisation does.”
During Debbie’s time at Cruse there have been great changes to the way the charity provides its bereavement support. Through local community services throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a national helpline, two websites and social media Cruse now reaches half a million people each year, providing face to face support for 50,000, making Cruse well-placed to advocate on behalf of bereaved people.
Debbie has seen so much over the last 18 years and is in the perfect position to reflect on her hugely varied career, much of it spent supporting people through bereavement.