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Headway Norfolk and Waveney Announces Claire Boothby-Barnbrook as Interim CEO Following Departure of Michael Kitching

Author: Tara Davis

Posted: 28.06.2024

Posted in: Charity news

Headway Norfolk and Waveney is pleased to announce that Claire Boothby-Barnbrook, current Chair of the Board of Trustees, will step in as Interim CEO following the departure of Michael Kitching. Claire will temporarily step down from her role as Chair during her tenure as Interim CEO with the decision authorised by the Charity Commission,

Claire Boothby-Barnbrook is an experienced charity leader with a background in youth and community work. With 17 years of experience working for small and medium-sized charities, Claire understands the challenges small voluntary sector organisations face, as well as the strengths they bring. She was previously Interim Deputy CEO at UEA Students' Union and served as Head of Services for six years at a national young women's charity, where she supported volunteer branches and community projects across England and Wales.

Additionally, Claire has worked in statutory services both at Norfolk County Council and in London in community partnerships, where she was responsible for voluntary sector capacity building and community cohesion. Claire is passionate about working with service users to design and shape their own services, using strengths-based models to empower and support individuals to make their own choices.

"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," said Claire Boothby-Barnbrook. "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 has initiated the process of recruiting a permanent CEO. The recruitment process will take place over the coming months, with a focus on finding a leader who will continue to drive the charity's mission forward and build on the strong foundation laid by Michael and Claire.

Reflecting on this transition, Michael Kitching expressed his confidence in the leadership team, stating, "I am immensely proud of all that we have accomplished together to improve lives impacted by brain injury. While I will miss this incredible team and community dearly, I am excited to embark on a new chapter in the third sector and continue working towards positive change. I am confident that Claire will provide excellent leadership during this transition."

Mark Trenavin-Body, the current Treasurer, will assume the role of Interim Chair in addition to his responsibilities as Treasurer. Trenavin-Body has been a key figure in the charity's financial management and strategic planning, and his dual role will ensure stability and continuity.