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Challengers CEO moving on to pastures new

Laura Sercombe

It is with mixed emotions we announce that our wonderful Chief Executive Officer, Laura Sercombe, will be leaving Challengers at the end of December.

While we will be very sad to see her go, we are full of gratitude for the incredible contribution that she has made to the charity and we wish her the very best of luck in her new endeavour.

Laura has been at Challengers for 8 years and in that time her leadership has brought about many significant accomplishments, including growing the number of Challengers schemes from 13 to 26, leading two capital appeals and managing building projects for the Guildford and Farnham centres, leading projects to re-brand and develop a new website and database, supporting the charity to achieve national awards, and increasing overall income by £1.6 million.

Over the next few months the Chairman, Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team will be working hard to identify a new CEO who will be able to lead the charity in its next chapter.

Speaking of her departure, Laura said: “In my time at Challengers I have had the pleasure of meeting the most extraordinary and inspiring children, young people and families, and working alongside a truly amazing team of people, all of whom work tirelessly to provide the very best experience for disabled children and their families. Being part of Team Orange has been such a privilege and an experience that I will never forget.”

Chairman Graeme Stretton added: “On behalf of the Challengers Trustee Board I would like to thank Laura for her vision, leadership and fantastic contribution over the past 8 years, culminating in a wonderful 40th anniversary year. She leaves Challengers in a strong position for future growth and we are excited about searching for a new leader in the coming weeks who will take Challengers into its fifth decade.”

We cannot thank Laura enough for the commitment, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has shown Challengers over the past 8 years. She will be greatly missed by staff, supporters, families, volunteers, patrons and trustees, but we look forward to working with her in her new capacity as a supporter in the new year.