Phillips is quit­ting as Fed chief

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Out­go­ing CEO Karen Phillips and her suc­ces­sor Mark Cun­ning­ham

KAREN PHILLIPS is stand­ing down as chief ex­ec­u­tive of Manch­ester’s ma­jor com­mu­nal welfare char­ity, The Fed, af­ter 25 years with the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Her suc­ces­sor is the char­ity’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Mark Cun­ning­ham.

“Step­ping down cer­tainly doesn’t mean I’m cut­ting my bonds with The Fed,” Mrs Phillips said. “I will still be play­ing my part, pri­mar­ily as an am­bas­sador for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, help­ing to fundraise and pro­mote us in Manch­ester and Lon­don.

“I leave at an ex­cit­ing time. Come sum­mer, work will be­gin on re­mod­elling our ground floor ac­com­mo­da­tion [at the Heath­lands site]. We want to cre­ate bright, homely and less con­fus­ing pri­vate ar­eas for res­i­dents with de­men­tia, re­flect­ing the stan­dards we have achieved in our pub­lic ar­eas. The plans are in­spir­ing and I’ll be watch­ing with in­ter­est.

She added: “The board and I have enor­mous con­fi­dence in Mark’s abil­ity to lead The Fed for­ward. His skills and ex­pe­ri­ence are wide and com­pre­hen­sive and he is the nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor. The Fed and the com­mu­nity are very for­tu­nate he has ac­cepted the po­si­tion.”

The char­ity sup­ports more than 1,000 peo­ple at any time, em­ploys 350 staff and is as­sisted by more than 500 vol­un­teers.

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