Goodbyes are often hard so I am delighted that, although this is my last day as Chief Executive at Quartet Community Foundation, it is definitely not the end of a relationship that has already lasted over 20 years. In my five years as CEO it’s been a privilege to be part of so many successes. We’ve increased annual grant-making from £2.5m to an expected £5m+ this year; thanks to the generosity of so many of you we’ve grown the endowment from £23 million to almost £50 million; and by sharing what we see every day in communities we’ve grown our civic influence exponentially.
I’d like to thank the staff team, our trustees and above all to you, our fund holders, donors, grant recipients and all the thousands of people involved in making our communities a better place, for supporting me in my time with Quartet. We have succeeded because of everyone’s contributions. I will continue to be involved with Quartet not only as someone who has left a gift in my Will to Quartet (that was one task that was easy to complete during the lockdown!) but also as a huge fan of this charity which does more than any other I have ever come across to make life fairer for people here.
As many of you will know, I shall shortly be starting a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science through which I hope to do more to ensure that disadvantaged people’s futures are not impaired further by this emerging technology. If you’d like to stay in touch my mobile number remains the same and I’m on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sue-turner-8635954