Eric Appleby, our Chair, shares updates on staffing changes at HAGA, an obituary of Alex Paton and news of an up-coming event.
It has been an immensely busy time at HAGA and, as some of you may have noticed, there appears to be a lot of change. I wanted you, our friends, supporters and stakeholders, to know what has been happening and to introduce you to some new faces.
Our brilliant and dynamic chief executive, Gail Priddey, is taking a well-earned sabbatical until February 2017. She will then return to HAGA refreshed, renewed and ready to tackle the challenges of the next few years with new ideas alongside her trademark passion for alcohol services in Haringey being the best that they can be.
We have appointed experienced chief executive and consultant Elizabeth Balgobin to cover Gail’s absence. Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge on governance, organisational management and quality systems which will help us prepare for new opportunities.
There are other changes of staff across HAGA services. Laura Pechey, our Head of Development and Early Intervention, is about to go on maternity leave until summer 2017. We recently lost our Head of Recovery Services, Bevan Kay, to an exciting role in the charity sector. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for the time and dedication they put into ensuring our service-users get what they need. I also want to wish them well with their new endeavours and look forward to Laura returning to us next year.
Harrinder Dhillon has been appointed as Recovery Service Manager and, along with the creation of a new temporary post of Head of Recovery and New Developments, to be filled by Angela Calcan from October, we will cover the needs of the services and organisation for the next year. Harrinder and Angela both have extensive experience, knowledge and skills in providing high quality, responsive alcohol and recovery services.
We were sad to learn of the death of Alex Paton, last year. Alex was a Consultant Physician who played a significant role in the formative years of HAGA. You can read Ian McGregor’s obituary here
We are not having the usual Annual Public Meeting this year; instead we are celebrating the first birthday of the Shine Enterprise Centre. Invitations for this event on 17th November will be sent out shortly and we look forward to seeing you there.
The board and I are confident that these temporary changes will provide us with robust leadership and management, and enable us to develop and learn new ways of working that will benefit our service-users in years to come.