Highlights from Kate Marsh as TFN CEO
As my first CEO role I knew joining The Funding Network (TFN) was going to be a challenge, that I would be exposed to new things, learn an incredible amount, thrive but equally make mistakes along the way. I am delighted to say that I have experienced all of this and much more in the 14 months I have been in post!
Soon to leave for pastures new, Grace asked me to note down any highlights I have had over the past year and a bit. On reflection it’s the simplest things that have bought the most joy to my working day.
Most notably I have enjoyed working with such a loyal, hard working and passionate team. It is rare that you find people who come to work because they care about what they do, but there’s no doubt Grace, Jennie, Karen and Eugenie have this in spades. This commitment and passion extends to TFN’s board of trustees who have been so generous with their guidance and support and from whom I have learnt so much.
Similarly I am inspired and in awe of the passion and dedication shown by those working on social change projects and who bare their soul with each 6 minute pitch. Witnessing individuals and communities working tirelessly to make the world a better place is a privilege and a constant reminder of the vital role charities and not for profit organisations of all sizes play in today’s society. This connection to such a variety of grassroots, social change projects continues to inspire me in my own work within the third sector. So inspired in fact that on more than one occasion I have left a TFN event lighter in pocket than I had anticipated - something I am sure we can all relate to! But with a feeling of enlightenment and hope rarely found elsewhere.
Developing a new website, engaging new corporate supporters and getting to know TFN’s individual members will be elements of my role I will remember with fondness. Equally, representing TFN at events, round tables and judging panels and meeting a variety of characters from all walks of life will always bring a smile to my face.
I would like to thank Michael and the board, Grace, Jennie, Karen and Eugenie for being such brilliant colleagues and you, TFN’s members and supporters, for making me feel so welcome. I wish my successor Celine and the team the very best of luck and look forward to seeing the charity continue to go from strength to strength in the months and years ahead.
It’s safe to say that TFN is a truly special charity that demonstrates how coming together as a unit can enable people to achieve great things. It is a unique, quirky and inspirational organisation and I will miss it greatly.