Changes to our Leadership Team for 2021

We are delighted to share an update on 4 new Trustees joining our Board, to coincide with the launch of our new 2021-24 strategy.

New Interim CEO - Ellie Johnson Shaw

Ellie Johnson Shaw, our current Director of Fundraising and Operations, will be stepping up as Interim CEO, whilst Cara Cinnamon our CEO takes maternity leave.

Ellie has been an integral part of Khulisa’s Senior Management Team throughout the Covid-19 and lockdown period and offers Khulisa the strong, consistent and stable leadership the charity and team needs. Cara and Ellie have already begun planning for a successful handover of responsibilities, and recruitment for Ellie’s replacement has begun.

Cara will be going on maternity leave in April 2021 until January 2022 and we look forward to her return then.

New Interim Chair - Jean-Marc Morel

Following this temporary change in CEO, the Board has also made the decision to appoint Jean-Marc Morel as our Interim Chair from January 2021. Jean- Marc was previously Treasurer and has been an engaged and supportive Trustee for over 4 years. He played a significant role in stabilising our financial position this year during the Covid crisis and will continue to work in partnership with Ellie to lead the organisation in 2021.  The search for a permanent chair has therefore been paused and we plan to resume the search upon Cara’s return to work in January 2022.

We are delighted that Shivonne Graham will remain on the Board as a Trustee, focusing primarily on fundraising and external relations – Shivonne will also play a lead role in inducting our new Trustee cohort in 2021. Shivonne has provided incredible support and guidance and we thank Jean-Marc for also stepping up into the Chair role. We are all so grateful to them both for their time, encouragement and expert guidance, particularly during such a challenging period this year.

I am delighted to see such great talent on our Board and in our senior leadership team and have no doubt with a leadership team this strong, Khulisa will continue to thrive and flourish. - Cara Cinnamon, CEO

Finally, following a highly competitive, open recruitment process, we are delighted to be welcoming 4 new Trustees to our Board in January 2021 (their first Board meeting will be in March 2021). They each offer something unique to our existing board of 6 people and we know they will challenge, guide and support us brilliantly as we seek to implement our new 2021-24 strategy.

  • James Fornara, was most recently the Headteacher of Wac Arts College, one of Khulisa's partner schools. He is a highly experienced education professional and well networked within the alternative provision sector.
  • Daniel Morris, is a senior leader in the voluntary sector with over 15 years experience of delivering services for young people across both the voluntary and the public sectors.
  • Adrienne Sanders, is a strategic HR professional currently working as Head of Learning and Development in a very relevant peer organisation (Mind).
  • Dami Solebo, is the Director of a peer charity (Finding Rhythms) that supports people in their rehabilitation journey from prison through music and arts projects.

All of these changes will enable Khulisa to have well planned, consistent and high quality leadership and governance during Cara’s period of maternity leave. They also ensure Khulisa will benefit from an even greater set of skills and experiences, ensuring we serve our beneficiary groups more effectively and that we are well placed to overcome any future challenges.

We look forward to introducing our new leadership team members to our supporters and partners later in the year but until then you can find out more about their background and expertise on the Trustee section of our website here:

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