As we bid goodbye to 2014 and hello to the new beginnings of 2015, I have decided that after more than 10 years with 3FF, I will be stepping down as Director from July 2015.
I feel privileged to have played a leading role in this organization during its amazing growth over the last 10 years and very proud of all that we have achieved. From an office of two we have grown to a staff of eighteen. Together we have created and delivered programmes in education, arts and culture, leadership and training that now reach over 12,000 individuals directly annually, and some of the programmes are being replicated outside the UK.
I am pleased that 3FF has played an active role in transforming interfaith work into a more inclusive and welcoming space for people of all faiths and beliefs, including the non-religious. 3FF today provides a benchmark for good interfaith/intercultural activity, and will continue to do so.
My July exit leaves good time for personal goodbyes, however there is no time to waste in identifying my successor. We will be launching our recruitment in January, and will need your help getting the word out. This is an amazing opportunity for a passionate leader to develop 3FF further – indeed I am excited to see what the future holds for 3FF with someone new at the helm.
More than the numbers we reach through our sustained programmes, and the perceptions and attitudes we see shifted on an almost daily basis, I am proud of the trust we continue to build with many individuals and organizations through our work. This trust has been largely made possible because of the groundbreaking work of our giants in interfaith, our Co-Founders Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Revd Dr Marcus Braybrooke, and the dearly missed Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi.
We will be looking for a new Director who can build on this trust, taking our work deeper and wider, and who shares 3FF’s values and ambitions.
May I take the opportunity to extend all good wishes for this holiday season, with the hope that we redouble our efforts and work towards a more peaceful 2015.