On 1st September, after 16 years at the helm Gracia McGrath OBE, Chief Executive of Chance UK is to retire from her role.
Ms McGrath says “I would never have imagined that I would stay in the same role for such a long time but every day seeing the difference the Chance UK early intervention mentoring programme makes to our children inspires me and this has made it very hard to leave.”
Ms McGrath has worked in the voluntary sector for nearly 30 years and was awarded an OBE in 2009 for her work with Chance UK. Over the years the work of Chance UK has been independently evaluated by, among others Goldsmith and Pro Bono Economics. The organisation is currently undergoing a Randomised Control Trial carried out by the Dartington Social Research Unit the only UK mentoring programme to be subject to this level of evaluation.
“My successor will inherit an incredible staff team, the most dedicated volunteer mentors and will have the privilege to work some of the most exciting children and their families.”
“However, there is still a lot of work to do” continues McGrath “promoting the need for early intervention is key to the Chief Executive role at Chance UK and although we now live in a world where most people understand the need to intervene early, sadly, we have had successive Governments that are all talk and no cash and we see the consequences of this short sightedness every day in the news.”
Hugh Thornbery CBE, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chance UK, says “The Charity and the thousands of children who have benefited from its work have been enormously fortunate to have had the inspiring leadership of Gracia over so many years. She has positioned the charity nationally bringing political influence and great donor support, she has campaigned tirelessly for investment into early intervention and she has lived the values of the charity every day of the last 16 years.”
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