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Statement from Claire Bloor, SARSAS CEO

We are sad to announce that our CEO, Claire Bloor, will be moving on from SARSAS at the end of March after six years leading us through a period of enormous change and unprecedented challenges.

Claire’s leadership has grown SARSAS into the incredible organisation it is today, supporting more people than ever, and she will be missed by all those who have worked with her.

On announcing her resignation, Claire said:

“I have come to the decision that the time is right for me to move on from SARSAS. It is hard to put into words how much I have enjoyed my time at SARSAS. It has been such a privilege to support the growth and impact of our work. I am proud of the strong and sustainable organisation SARSAS is today, supporting victim-survivors of all genders and ensuring that victim-survivor leadership is at the heart of our work.

I will miss working alongside such an incredible, dedicated team of staff and volunteers and wonderful partner organisations. I know SARSAS will always be a highlight of my working life. I look forward to continuing to support the ongoing work of this brilliant organisation.”

Penny Walster, our Chair of Trustees, said

Since joining SARSAS as CEO in 2018, Claire has overseen an enormous period of change and growth for the organisation. As a result of increasing our size and reach, SARSAS can support more victim-survivors, train more professionals to better understand sexual violence and its impact, and campaign across wider society for better services and support for victim-survivors. Whilst all of this work is the result of an amazing group of staff and volunteers, it comes together through the leadership and vision that Claire has given. I want to thank Claire for her amazing work over what will be six years at SARSAS and for challenging us all to keep up with her!”

We are pleased to announce that the SARSAS Trustees have agreed to appoint Lorri Weaving, Head of Services, into an interim CEO position and recruit for an interim Head of Service on a 12-month fixed-term contract. As our Chair of Trustee notes, “This supports a very experienced and talented staff member to progress and provides certainty in the interim period. “

We wish Claire all the very best in her next steps and know that she will continue to champion the voices of victim-survivors wherever she goes.

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