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An announcement from Lumos' Chairman, Neil Blair

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An announcement from Lumos' Chairman, Neil Blair

Over the last decade Lumos and partners have made considerable progress in supporting countries to move away from care systems in which children grow up in institutions and towards our goal of all children growing up in families by 2050. We have contributed to major shifts in policy, practice and funding in Europe and supported significant progress across the world. We are proud of our dedicated team and everything they have achieved.

However, recently the Board of Trustees has identified some management and culture challenges facing Lumos that require immediate action.

As the charity has grown at pace following a period of important progress in its global mission, the nature and complexity of the CEO role has also scaled.

The Board believes the time is right for new leadership. Georgette Mulheir will therefore step down as CEO and hand over her current leadership, operational and managerial responsibilities after a short period. The charity will be led by the Executive Leadership Team with an interim Managing Director whilst the search for the new CEO is underway.

The Trustees are very grateful to Georgette for her work to date and are therefore pleased to confirm that she will be taking on a new global strategic advisory role for the charity in the coming months. This will ensure that Lumos continues to benefit from her unparalleled experience in the field of deinstitutionalisation.

The Board is also commissioning two independent reviews into governance and culture to ensure that Lumos continues to be an organisation that holds itself to the highest standards. We will take all necessary steps in response to the findings.

The Board’s total focus is on ensuring the charity’s staff have all the support they need to continue their important work.

Neil Blair

Lumos Chairman