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By the time you read this I will be nearly one month into my new role as CEO of Quartet Community Foundation.
Starting a new job following a long career elsewhere (in my case, as CEO of the concert hall St George’s Bristol) can be a nerve-wracking affair at the best of times, but starting during lockdown adds another level of challenge. Fortunately, I knew from the moment I stepped through the door that this was going to be the place for me. I was greeted by a sea of smiling faces, the hum of focused activity taking place all around, and a welcome gift in the form of a beautiful vase of bright yellow and red tulips. It’s so often the little things that mean the most and make the biggest difference and, as I’ve been learning, this is an approach that Quartet uses to great effect. Quartet is an exceptional organisation with a big, warm heart, evident throughout its staff team and Trustees as well as its fund holders and the partner organisations who underpin our communities.
I join Quartet at a time when it has navigated the most extraordinary year. Everyone has stepped up and this has enabled it to raise and distribute a record breaking £5m of philanthropic funds. We are certainly not out of the woods yet and the need for support across the voluntary sector remains high. We have so much to do but, hand in hand with our supporters, we will be giving our all to affecting positive change.
Thank you for everything you have already done for Quartet. I will be making it a priority to meet as many of our supporters and partners as I can over the coming months. If you’d like to discuss something specific, particularly if it might help us to reach even more local people and organisations, please do contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks, Suzanne
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