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Message from GDA's CEO

A message from GDA's CEO,
 
It is with a heavy heart but also knowing it is the right time, that I need to let you all know that in November I will be stepping down as GDA's Chief Executive Officer. The search for my successor is now under way.
 
 
It has been my privilege and pleasure to lead GDA over the past ten years, and I am enormously proud of what we have achieved together to transform GDA into one of Gloucestershire's most reputable and vibrant not-for-profit organisations. We have:
  • stayed focused throughout on the charity's mission to deliver first rate services for deaf and hard of hearing people in Gloucestershire;
  • successfully won and then retained health and social care contracts, from two to eight during my time at GDA;
  • successfully diversified our income streams for a more financially sustainable future;
  • paid off in full GDA's £500,000+ pensions deficit, at the same time responding to the wishes of our local Deaf Club members to raise the necessary funds without selling off our community centre building;
  • become the first disabled people's user-led organisation in Gloucestershire to achieve the coveted PQASSO level 2 accreditation;
  • completed a three-phase redevelopment and refurbishment of the GDA offices and community centre, transforming the environment for staff and visitors;
  • developed a happy and very long-serving staff and volunteer team, loyal to GDA and to each other.
I have enjoyed some of my happiest working years at GDA and it has taken very many weeks of soul-searching until eventually I reached this difficult but correct decision. Ten years is a long time for any one person to lead an organisation, and I believe GDA has now reached a point where I can leave the best possible legacy and let the journey continue under a new Chief Executive Officer, with all the fresh energy and vision it deserves.
 
There will be opportunities between now and November when no doubt our paths will cross at one event or another, so no farewells for now, simply know this is happening in the background and also that the Board are optimistic that out special and growing organisation is likely to attract the very best of candidates as new CEO.
 
My thanks to each and every one of you for the support you have given me over the years. When the time comes, I will miss GDA more than I can say.
 
Jenny
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