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Chailey Heritage Foundation appoints new CEO

06 July 2022

After nine successful years as our CEO, Helen Hewitt has decided that it is time to retire. Mark Creamer, Chair of Trustees, said “we have so much to thank Helen for.  She has been an amazing Chief Executive, introducing new services and facilities and always having the interests of the young people we care for at the forefront of everything she has achieved over the last nine years.”

Helen said; "Chailey Heritage Foundation is a most amazing charity full of brilliant staff and wonderful young people we care for.  I came only intending to stay for three years but the charity gets under your skin and it is really hard to leave. 

I shall be sad to step away but it feels like the right time for me and for the charity. The pandemic was hard for everyone but our staff were magnificent and kept all the school and our residential services open throughout.  This year, all our services are in demand and our teams are well placed to move forward.

It’s the right time for a new person to come to lead Chailey Heritage Foundation. I am pleased to say that, as I hand over the baton to a new leader, the charity is in a good place to meet these challenges and move forward."

We are pleased to announce that Gareth Germer will be joining Chailey Heritage Foundation as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Gareth will be stepping down from his current role as Samaritans’ Chief Operating Officer to join Chailey Heritage in October.  He brings extensive experience in the charity sector having previously worked for NSPCC and Rethink. Gareth began his career in West Sussex working in adult social services and over the last 26 years has worked with organisations across the public and charity sectors in roles focused on innovation, change and service improvement.

Gareth said: “I’m delighted to be joining Chailey Heritage Foundation as the new CEO. The history of the Foundation, reputation for delivering a world-class range of specialist services, and the expertise of the people that make this possible is truly inspiring.”

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