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Headway Norfolk and Waveney Announces Departure of CEO Michael Kitching After Three Years of Transformative Leadership

Author: Tara Davis

Posted: 15.05.2024

Posted in: Charity news

Headway Norfolk and Waveney, a local, independent charity that improves lives impacted by brain injury, announces the departure of CEO Michael Kitching after a three-year tenure. Michael will be stepping down for a new role within the charity sector. 

Under Michael’s guidance, Headway Norfolk and Waveney has undergone a period of intensive change, increasing the number of day centres from 3 to 7, increasing staffing by 50%, doubling income and tripling the number of people the charity supports. Michael has led the charity through the turbulent times that have impacted all charities in recent years. 

Reflecting on his time at Headway Norfolk and Waveney, Michael Kitching expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead such a remarkable organisation and pride in the accomplishments of the team during his tenure. He stated, "It has been an honour to serve as CEO of Headway Norfolk and Waveney for the past three years. I am immensely proud of all that we have accomplished together in support of individuals impacted by brain injury. While I will miss this incredible team and community dearly, I am excited to embark on a new chapter and continue working towards positive change here in Norfolk." 

Claire Boothby-Barnbrook, Chair of Headway Norfolk and Waveney's Board of Trustees, reflected on Michael's impact on and contribution to the organisation . She stated, "The board are immensely grateful to Michael for his work in modernising Headway Norfolk and Waveney and leading its evolution into a more sustainable, thriving organisation that brings real benefit to our clients. We are sad to see him leave but excited to see his impact on the wider third sector in Norfolk going forward." 

The Board of Trustees extends its deepest gratitude to Michael Kitching for his exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication to Headway Norfolk and Waveney's mission. A search for his successor is currently underway, with the goal of ensuring a seamless transition and continued progress in improving lives impacted by brain injury. Individuals who would like to express an interest are welcome to do so, however a full recruitment timetable will be outlined in due course.