Today, 21 July 2017, the Scotland Office of Parkinson’s UK sent out the following letter from Director, Scotland, Katherine Crawford:
You’ll know that I’ve been temporarily covering the Director of Support and Local Networks post for the UK since Barbara Williams left the charity at the end of May. This role oversees our work in Local Networks and Information and Support across the UK. Some of you may have noticed that the charity had been advertising for a new Director, and after careful thought I decided to apply.
After a rigorous interview and selection process, I’m writing to tell you that I’ve been appointed to the role on a permanent basis. I’m both daunted and excited by the challenge of the new role, but really hope to do it justice and continue to do my very best to support the charity in everything that we do I will keep working to ensure that we try to improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s as much as we possibly can.
I have mixed feelings about leaving the role in Scotland. It’s an absolute privilege to work with volunteer and staff colleagues here and it is a wrench to move on, but of course this email is not a ��good bye”. I’ll be working with you all in a new way. And will be continuing to live in Scotland, so will be continuing to be part of the charity’s life here.
The director role in Scotland
Nicola Moore, the country director in Northern Ireland has been managing the Scotland staff team on a temporary basis, and that will continue whilst we recruit to a permanent replacement for my role. We plan to advertise that role as soon as the summer holiday period ends – towards the end of August – so will hope to have a new Director in post as soon as possible thereafter. We’ll be writing to invite volunteers to join us in the recruitment process in due course. For now, I’d be really interested in hearing your views on the qualities and skills we will need to drive our work forward here in Scotland.
Although this is not a good bye, I’d just like to thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience with me and for the courteous, professional and friendly way that we’ve always worked together. From coffee mornings to committee meetings, it’s one of the things I love most about working here and I appreciate it very much indeed.
If you have any questions, or thoughts to share , I’d be delighted to hear from you. My contact details haven’t changed.
With all good wishes, and as ever, my thanks for all that you do to support the charity.
Director Support and Local Networks
Tel 0344 225 3720
Mobile 0787 6135825