Gavin shared this statement today:
“Some of you may have noticed that I have not been visibly active of late. Personal circumstances have meant that I have been unable to fulfil my role in recent months and Ranj Parmar has kindly acted in my absence.
It is with a heavy heart that I have been forced to make the decision to resign from my role as a Trustee and Chair of Different Strokes. I have not taken this decision lightly (for many reasons) not least that the charity helped me reclaim my own life after stroke. I have also been privileged to have been part of the team which has seen the charity rise from the ashes and become an extremely strong, growing and sustainable charity, better placed than ever it has been and able to help those who find themselves in need of support!
Following the hard work of successfully applying for and completing the Local Sustainability Fund project and the relaunch and rebranding of critical parts of our charity, I was excited at the prospect of leading the charity into the next phase. Unfortunately, I have had to accept that I will not be able to continue in my role. It is therefore appropriate that I make that known as important changes are taking place both now and in coming months.
Different Strokes is very precious to me as I’m sure it is to you and I am pleased and confident that the charity will move forward in extremely capable hands.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your unswerving support for Different Strokes during my time at the helm and for your personal support at critical times. wish you all well for the future and hope to have the opportunity to see you again.”
Our new Chair of Trustees Ranj Parmar said:
“Gavin and I both started as trustees approximately four years ago and we have certainly shared some difficult times as well as achieving some huge goals! The charity (and I) will miss him immensely.
Over the last couple of months, I have assumed the role in my capacity as vice-chair, standing in for Gavin. With immediate effect, I will now assume the role of chair.
I would just like to say that I see becoming chair of this charity as a massive privilege…I would never have thought after having my stroke in 2009 that I would be in this position.”
On behalf of all the Staff and Volunteers of Different Strokes we would like to thank Gavin for all he has achieved over the last four years. He will be sorely missed and we all wish him well for the future.