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Elaine Kerr to quit as Norwood chief executive

    Elaine Kerr is to step down as the chief executive of Norwood, it has been announced.

    She will quit as head of the children and families charity next May. 

    Ms Kerr, who has held the position for six and a half years, said it was the right time to hand over to a new chief executive as she herself seeks new challenges.

     “I am proud to be leaving the organisation in good shape with a confirmed direction of travel over the next five years," she said.

    "Norwood is fortunate to have a fantastic workforce of staff and volunteers supported by a committed Board of Trustees, who will ensure its services, which the community depends on, are secure.”

    David Ereira, Norwood chairman, said: “I, together with the Board, our Presidents and Life Presidents wish her all the very best for the future and we are grateful for her exemplary leadership and enormous contribution over the past six years.”

    Ms Kerr was praised for implementing a new fundraising strategy during her time as CEO.

    The annual Norwood dinner in central London earlier this month raised £3.2 million.

    The proceeds will go towards the £12 million Norwood needs to raise from the community annually.

    Founded in 1795, Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

    The charity has now embarked on the search for a new chief executive.

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