This International Women’s Day, we're thrilled to welcome a NEW Chief Executive!

After almost twelve years in the role our CEO Sue Cotton announces her intention to retire at end of this month.

Sue’s retirement this month will mark the end of a remarkable career with Child Action Northwest. Under her leadership, CANW has made a huge difference to many children, young people, families and vulnerable adults using and benefitting from service provisions that we would not have, had Sue and her team not put the work in that identified opportunities over the years to develop and grow. Expanding the geographical reach of the charity considerably, to new regions across the north west of England and beyond. Maintaining ‘Good’ inspections with Ofsted, and despite the limited funding available; during the last year alone the charity has helped over 17,000 individuals to have better and happier lives. The need for CANW’s services is greater than ever.

CANW’s CEO Sue Cotton said: “As I approach my twelfth year as CEO, I believe now is the right time for the right successor to embrace the role and take CANW forward on its journey of making change and delivering excellence. It has been a really difficult decision for me to decide and I have enjoyed every minute and think we are an amazing Charity with incredibly talented staff, carers and supporters that make a huge difference to the lives of the children, families and adults we support.”

The Board, Senior Leadership and young people of CANW have now conducted an orderly succession and are delighted to announce the appointment of Ali Stathers-Tracey as it’s new Chief Executive. Ali joins the charity having worked as a Director for Children and Community Services for almost 30 years.

Ali Stathers-Tracey said: “I am really excited to be joining CANW at a time when children, young people and vulnerable adults are facing the most difficult time in terms of meeting the cost of living, dealing with post-Covid household and family pressures and significant changes in local services due to Central Government spending cuts. It has never been more important that CANW has the right people who can respond to changing needs and meet the changing challenges in terms of future funding models.”

CANW Chair Marguerite Webb said: “During her leadership at CANW Sue has always been an advocate for growth and development, both of the charities service users and of the employees within the organisation. She has a very strong social conscience and she had been an outstanding leader of the team.

In her 40year career in social work Sue has been dedicated to helping children and has made a significant impact on the lives of those in her care.  Her passion to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to reach their potential is as strong as ever.

Sue’s leadership of CANW has made a lasting mark on the organisation, she has overseen a threefold increase in the number of staff and widened the scope of work carried out. The Trustee Board wish her all the very best for this new stage of her life. She has laid strong foundations to support the growth of charity in the coming years.”

We are looking to add to our experienced and skilled Board of Trustees at our long-established children's charity.

We are seeking individuals with a varied range of skills and experiences to join our team and help shape the future of our organisation.

By joining our board, you will contribute to a cause that truly matters and have the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of the children, young people, vulnerable adults, and communities we serve.
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