Following the stepping down of Ken Jarrold, CBE from the role of Chairman of the Board of Management at Brighter Futures. The Not-for Profit organisation once known as Potteries Housing Association, which offers support to adults with complex needs has welcomed Sarah Hill to take on the mantle as chairperson. Having held the role of Vice-chair of Brighter Futures Board of Management, Sarah’s succession to the role of chairperson has been unanimously welcomed by the board.
Sarah who has been involved with Brighter Futures for more than 20 years says of her new role:
“Over 20 plus years I’ve seen both significant changes and extraordinary developments at Brighter Futures. It’s a challenging environment we’re facing with budgets and funding being reduced in many areas, we’re having to be innovative and think differently about how we offer our services. I still feel as excited as I did when I first became involved with Brighter Futures to tackle the opportunities ahead. Ken has left some big shoes to fill. We wish him all the best”.
Sarah who is a social worker by background, held the role of Assistant Director for Adult Services with Stoke on Trent City Council for a number of years. She also spent several years as a lecturer at Staffordshire University, as well as two years as a Local Councillor in Stoke on Trent City Council and brings a wealth of experience in social care.
Helena Evans, Chief Executive Brighter Futures, says, “Sarah’s vast experience, energy and passion in representing Brighter Futures made the decision for the board to appoint Sarah to the role of chairperson, an easy one. In her 20 plus years with us and in her role as vice-chair she’s shown unwavering commitment to both our customers and colleagues”.
Sarah’s retirement from her previous roles has meant she is now able to give more time to Brighter Futures, as well as holding position of Chair of VOICES Stoke.
“I’m proud to tell other people about Brighter Futures and the work we do. But nothing beats when I hear how we’ve made a genuine difference to people’s lives. People who are often not that different from you or me”.
With a number of new board members to be announced at Brighter Futures’ AGM in September, Sarah highlights that the board has never been in a stronger position to tackle the future head on.