Sunderland Echo - - News - By Sue Kirby @suekir­byjp

The boss of a Sun­der­land char­ity is set to re­tire in the New Year.

Graham Burt, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Sun­der­land Car­ers’ Cen­tre, will step down in the next few months.

The cur­rent as­sis­tant CEO, Amanda Brown, will step up into the role in 2019.

In Sun­der­land, there are more than 32,500 iden­ti­fied car­ers and it is es­ti­mated 2,407 of them are chil­dren.

Amanda has worked at the cen­tre for three years and will take over from Graham, who has held the top slot for six years.

She said: “I am im­mensely proud to take up the reins at Sun­der­land Car­ers’ Cen­tre, a city in­sti­tu­tion that con­sis­tently de­liv­ers such a vi­tal ser­vice to peo­ple who ded­i­cate their lives to help­ing oth­ers.

“Graham’s are enor­mous shoes to fill, but his hard work, dili­gence and out­right be­lief that ev­ery­body mat­ters has en­sured he leaves the cen­tre in far bet­ter health than when he started, six years ago. We will miss him very much and wish him a happy re­tire­ment.

“Peo­ple can rest as­sured that while the lead­er­ship at the cen­tre may be chang­ing, Sun­der­land Car­ers’ Cen­tre will con­tinue to be a haven of sup­port, ad­vice and a vo­cal ad­vo­cate for our city’s car­ing com­mu­nity.”

Graham took over at the cen­tre at a dif­fi­cult pe­riod when cen­tral govern­ment cuts had di­rectly im­pacted upon the char­ity. But, he has been able to turn around the neg­a­tive fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.

He said: “Car­ers are or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing truly ex­tra­or­di­nary things for their friends or fam­ily. Ev­ery sin­gle per­son mat­ters and de­serves sup­port when it is needed.

“I am im­mensely proud at what the team has achieved, since 2012. I am also in­cred­i­bly happy that Amanda will be tak­ing over as CEO. I could not think of a bet­ter per­son to steer our vi­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion into 2019 and be­yond – I wish her and ev­ery­one at the cen­tre luck, even though I know they won’t need it.”

Graham Burt, who is re­tir­ing from his role at Sun­der­land Car­ers’ Cen­tre. Inset, new boss Amanda Brown.

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