As founder Georgie Fienberg’s role evolves, AfriKids welcomes a new CEO to the team. Here Georgie gives us the news in her own words.
AfriKids (UK) exists to fund and support our partners, AfriKids Ghana, as they work towards long term sustainability and independence by 2018. With just four years to achieve this goal, I and the senior management team have been reflecting on the right management and leadership structure to best make this happen. AfriKids has now grown to be a large organisation, and with its size comes organisational challenges to match; as an organisation evolves, so too does its leadership needs.
I’ve taken the difficult but exciting decision to make way for a new CEO to lead us to 2018. With a substantial and complex set of operations to oversee in the UK and support in Ghana, the CEO needs to understand and lead on fundraising, business, international development and social welfare initiatives, as well as ensuring good governance. It is a role that requires a commitment of time that I can simply no longer offer the organisation alongside my commitments to my own young family.
I’m thrilled to announce that heading up AfriKids (UK) as the new CEO will be Amy Parker – someone who has been a key part of the AfriKids family for the past five years; first as a corporate partner, head of the Deutsche Bank Charity of the Year programme during our partnership, then as committed volunteer and donor, then more recently as an Ambassador and AfriKids Director of Fundraising. Amy is someone who knows the organisation inside and out and has the skill set, drive and fierce commitment that this role requires. Supporting Amy, AfriKids now has in place an excellent Executive Operating Committee (EOC) and a highly qualified and driven team of staff and I am confident that the organisation has what is needed to achieve our goals.
As for me, this certainly won’t be the last you hear of me. My intention is to take a short break before returning in a role which best complements the new CEO, structure and strategy. I will remain on the Board of Trustees, and will play a supportive and ambassadorial role for AfriKids. I will continue to maintain relationships with our key supporters and will continue promoting AfriKids and our approach throughout the industry. AfriKids is an organisation I am very proud to have founded and will remain committed to for life – this is not a departure for me, but simply a change of roles.
From a personal perspective, for the past 17 years since founding the organisation, I have lived and breathed AfriKids and can honestly say I’ve loved every minute. I will always remain a key part of AfriKids, just as AfriKids will remain a key part of me. I plan to continue to visit Ghana regularly, regardless of my role, and I want AfriKids to be a something my young sons grow up being a part of, just as the organisation has at various stages absorbed all my friends and family.
Over the years the changes I’ve witnessed in northern Ghana are remarkable and the people I’ve worked with and seen AfriKids help are inspirational and a testament to the power of local people in delivering sustainable solutions. I’ve thrived on inspiring people to give to such a worthy cause and have been gratified to see an amazing network of colleagues and supporters build up around AfriKids. It has genuinely been my dream job.
I have no doubt that this is a positive change, taking us into the very exciting new and final chapter of our journey to 2018. Thank you for your continued support.
If you want to contact either Georgie or Amy, you can do so via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com