As a corporate supporter of international development organisation Transaid, we were a little stunned to hear that Gary Forster will be stepping down after six years’ excellent stewardship as Chief Executive.
That said, we are excited and looking forward to continuing our support for the organisation and its newly appointed Chief Executive Caroline Barber, 37, who will take over with effect from 1 August 2017.
According to the appointment news release, Caroline has been involved with Transaid for more than 10 years, undertaking four overseas visits for Transaid between 2005 and 2008, helping to share best practice from the private sector with key programmes in post-Tsunami Sri Lanka and Ghana.
In 2008, she joined Transaid full-time, initially as Country Programme Manager in Zambia, where she led a project to develop the capacity and capability of the Industrial Training Centre in Lusaka. Three years later, in 2011, she was promoted to Head of Programmes with direct responsibility for managing a portfolio of projects in sub-Saharan Africa – primarily focused around rural transport, transport management for health fleets, and professional driver training in the commercial vehicle, passenger transport and materials handling sectors.
Commenting on the appointment, Jo Godsmark, Chair of Transaid, said: “Gary’s hard work has transformed Transaid into a very strong organisation, which has the systems, processes and people in place to deliver enormous impact. We wish him every success for the future.
“We are extremely fortunate that in Caroline we have the ideal person to lead Transaid as we approach our 20th anniversary next year. She brings the ideal blend of experience, having spent time in the field and managed our entire project portfolio. Plus, Caroline enjoys excellent relationships with our member base and within the development sector.”
Speaking about the appointment Caroline said that she is “incredibly lucky to be taking over an organisation which enjoys unprecedented levels of industry backing.”
Earlier this year, a team from Microlise participated in the Transaid Cycle South Africa challenge, raising more than £15,000 and cycling more than 400km. A new challenge has already been set for 2018 in Zambia – where teams will cycle more than 500km finishing up at the Victoria Falls.