A letter from the chair of our board to our partners, supporters and friends

Important changes at CRMC

Tim Godwin (above right), Chair of the Board of Trustees at Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre has written a letter to CRMC partners, supporters and friends about some important upcoming changes at the charity.

You can read the statement below, or read it in full here.

Thank you to all those that continue to support our work.

“Dear partner,

Re: Important Changes at Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre

I write to you in my capacity as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC) to tell you, as a valued partner and friend of CRMC, about some important changes that are taking place.

As you may be aware our Centre Director, Sabir Zazai, and his family will soon be moving to Glasgow where Sabir will take up the challenging position of CEO of the Scottish Refugee Council. Sabir has made a significant contribution to CRMC during his tenure and has been instrumental in not only raising the profile of our work locally, nationally and internationally, but as a former refugee, he has used his experience to draw attention to the plight of our clients and that of refugees and migrants fleeing from war and conflict across the globe. Sabir leaves us at the end of August and I’m sure you will all join with me in thanking him for the fantastic work that he has done, and to wish him and his family every success in the future.

As an organisation we continue to face new challenges and opportunities, not least the selection and appointment of Sabir’s replacement and our impending move to our new home at Norton House. To ensure we have consistent and stable leadership at this time, I am pleased to announce that our Operations Manager, Toni Soni, has been appointed as our interim Centre Director. Toni is an experienced manager and valued member of the Leadership Team who has a clear understanding of the work we do and the many challenges that we face. He and I share a vision for the development of CRMC which will increase our focus on developing our staff and improving our infrastructure so that we can continue to provide an excellent service to our clients. I anticipate Toni will occupy this role for a period of up to six months during which we have an opportunity to take stock, reflect and plan for the future.

Our decision to move to Norton House later this summer not only provides us with secure accommodation, but moves us closer to our client group so that we can continue to offer help and advice to those who most need it. Our vision moving forward is to provide a centre that not only delivers important services to our clients, but creates a space where hope is renewed, bridges are built across communities, and that truly represents the spirit and values of our great city of peace and reconciliation; values I know you share.

Partnership working is at the very heart of what we do at CRMC. As we move forward into this new and exciting chapter of our history, I would like to thank you for your continued support, and invite you to meet with Toni and our staff to renew and strengthen existing partnerships, and to seek new opportunities to work together as we move forward.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Godwin

Chair of the board of trustees, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre”


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