We say goodbye to our CEO

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Our CEO Sue Turner, right, leaves us to begin a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence and Data. Our long-serving Philanthropy Director Ronnie Brown, left, is leading the organisation while we recruit a new CEO

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that we say goodbye to Sue Turner, our CEO who leaves us to begin a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science this month. Sue has played a critical role in the development and success of the foundation over the last five years, helping to grow the endowment for our communities from £23m in 2015 to a staggering £50m today.

Our Chair Sue Mountstevens paid homage to Sue Turner’s work: “We’ll miss Sue Turner’s indomitable commitment, her passion to bring about lasting change in our disadvantaged communities and her energy and enthusiasm. We’ve been lucky to have Sue in post for the last five years and she will be missed. We wish her good luck with her new academic adventure.”

Sue Turner said: “Goodbyes are often hard so I am delighted that, although 11 September 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. 

“I’d like to thank the staff team, our trustees and above all 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.” You can read Sue’s full goodbye message here.

Philanthropy Director steps up to provide leadership during CEO recruitment

With goodbyes come new beginnings and we’re very pleased that our Philanthropy Director Ronnie Brown is stepping up to lead the organisation until Sue’s replacement is in place. We’ve had a strong response to the recruitment and search campaign for the new CEO and the trustees are in the process of talking to candidates. We’ll let you know as soon as the new CEO is identified.

Our Chair Sue Mountstevens said: ”I’m delighted we now have Ronnie Brown in place to lead the organisation in the interim and to continue to inspire philanthropy to help our small charitable causes through Covid-19. I trust that the organisation is in safe hands while we actively recruit for Sue’s successor who will lead the organisation into the future.”

Ronnie steps up during a significant time for Quartet as we continue a remarkable period of grant-making. Supported by our new Chair appointed in March and a strong board of trustees we’re working to implement our Recovery Plan for the West of England.