Temporary leadership changes at Framework

12 Feb 2015
by Neil Skinner

The Framework board has agreed some temporary changes to the leadership of the organisation.   

Chief Executive Andrew Redfern will step aside from his day-to-day role to begin a secondment that will focus on campaigning and the building of alliances at both local and national level.  The aim of this work is to raise the profile of vulnerable and excluded people – especially those with multiple and complex needs.   

This decision reflects the Board's concern that services for this group are subject to disproportionate cuts in a climate of austerity.  In the run up to the 2015 General Election and beyond it is important for the public and the politicians to be aware of the needs of this group of people and of the consequences for the whole community if they are neglected. 

Michael Leng is stepping into the role of Acting Chief Executive.  He will have responsibility for the day to day running of the organisation.  Michael has worked for Framework since January 2003, initially as the Service Director for Mental Health, Younger Persons and Women’s services and for the past four years as Operations Director.  Responding to the appointment he said: 

“I am of course delighted and proud to be given this opportunity to lead the organisation for this period and I welcome the trust shown in me by Andrew and the Board.  In addition I am grateful to Dave Smith, our Service Director, for agreeing to take on the role of Operations Director for the next nine months. 

“The decision taken by the Board is significant and I hope it demonstrates the strength of Framework's commitment to challenging the inequalities that exist within policy and strategy both nationally and locally.

“I feel passionate about Framework and what it does to improve the lives of vulnerable people in the communities we serve, and look forward to the challenge of sustaining this work in the months ahead.” 

Andrew, who will remain Chief Executive, added:  

“Framework is seeing more and more individuals who are struggling to hold their lives together.  We know how and why so many of them are finding themselves in crisis, and the central role that failures in both government policy and local commissioning are playing in contributing to this.  Change is necessary so we can intervene earlier and respond more effectively, but this will not happen until those in positions of power understand better what is happening and how it can be prevented. 

“We will seek to bring about change in three stages.  The first will be to seek allies.  The second will be to put the ‘ask’ directly to national party leaders and those around them.  The third will be to communicate with our supporters and the wider public, encouraging them to press for positive responses.  It’s an ambitious plan but we have a responsibility to try and make it happen, in the interests of the people we exist to serve and those of the wider community.”

The changes were implemented at the start of February and the new arrangements will continue until the end of October.  

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