Firstly, I would like to share a very big thank you to Ellie Pendred who is moving on to pastures new working with the JLGB as their Director of Communications.

Ellie has been a great force for getting ella’s message, brand and marketing kick started and in order whilst we have been going through our growth spurt these past 12 months. Ellie will continue to edit our monthly newsletter and will also continue to Chair her London Emerging Leaders Group so she is not leaving us entirely and will continue to be a part  of our growing family. I am sure you will all join me in saying thank you for all her hard work and wish her all the best for her new role.

I would also like to introduce two new members to our team who are currently volunteering 3 days a week of their time who we hope to develop into full time roles in the very near future.

David Hopkins will be working alongside Steve Taylor Smith, Brian and myself as we build and develop fundraising opportunities both for ella and our members. If you have any ideas or potential opportunities for fundraising you can send an email to the Fundraising Leadership Team on FLT@ella-forums.org, we will then look at and discuss how we can develop any appropriate opportunities.

Sarah Millett is working alongside myself as PA and general administrator. As ella continues to grow month by month, Sarah is proving to be a huge support to me in my role and to the central team and chairs across the organisation.

I hope that you will have the opportunity to meet Sarah and David at our All Group Meeting in August and I certainly look forward to catching up with many of you there.

Thank you to all of ella’s employees, Chairs, Members and Friends for your continued support.

Kieron Tarling

CEO, ella forums