Cruse Bereavement Care has announced that Fiona Edwards will become its new chair.
Fiona (pictured left) will take on the role of Chair from December. She is the Chief Executive of Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where she has been responsible for transforming the quality of services and the financial position of the Trust. Looking forward to her new role as Chair of the UK’s largest bereavement charity, Fiona said: “Cruse Bereavement Care is a wonderful organisation with thousands of volunteers doing very special work to support people at a time when they really need it. I am delighted to be joining the Cruse community and to be pursuing my passion of helping organisations that support people who are vulnerable to help them have a better life and opportunities.”
Nigel Tricker, who is stepping down after nine years in the role, said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care for the past nine years and in doing so to work alongside dedicated staff and volunteers. I am stepping down at a time when, with a clear strategy in place through to 2018 and the dawn of many new initiatives, Cruse is entering an exciting period in its long history of service to the community. I wish my successor as Chair, fellow Council Members and all Cruse volunteers and staff every success in the future”.
Debbie Kerslake, Chief Executive at Cruse acknowledged Nigel’s significant contribution to Cruse and welcomed the appointment of Fiona. She said: “I would like to thank Nigel for his tremendous contribution to Cruse over the last nine years. He has led Cruse through significant organisational change which has extended our coverage, strengthened our governance and leaves us in a strong, financially secure position. I am delighted that Fiona Edwards is joining us as we move into a new and exciting phase in our development and look forward to working with her to ensure that Cruse continues to be at the forefront of bereavement care.”