Sad Farewells and Excited Hellos

At Balloons we are sad to have to bid a fond farewell to our retiring CEO Sara Bennett. Sara is our first CEO and has transformed the charity in the seven years that she has been at the helm. We wish Sara all the very best with her retirement and know that she will stay in touch with us.

The good news is that we are delighted to be welcoming Nicola Clarke as our new CEO in late January 2022. Nicola has recently relocated to the south west. She is currently Senior Operations Manager for the National Childbirth Trust. Nicola has 15 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector across large and small charities, as a member of staff, a manager, a leader, a trustee and a volunteer. This means that Nicola brings a wealth of experience to the role – staff leadership, business development, project management, operational management, safeguarding and fundraising.

Nicola’s passion lies in providing services to vulnerable children and young people. She understands the need for small charities to be values led and to focus on positive outcomes for service users, whilst keeping an eye on development opportunities and innovative ways of working.

Nicola says: “It is a privilege to take up this new role as CEO at Balloons. I want to wish Sara all the very best for the future and can’t wait to get to know the staff team, the volunteers and the trustees, and to start being part of a charity that makes such an amazing difference to the lives of grieving children and young people. I am 100% committed to the values of the charity and believe with a passion that supporting children and young people when they are bereaved is part of what makes us a civilised society. Small charities function best when everyone works as part of a team, and I commit to building my understanding of what has gone before me and what I can do to take the charity forward. Thank you for this opportunity”.

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