We're very sorry to say that our current CEO Claude Knights, who has been with Kidscape for 15 years, and has led the organisation since 2009, will be retiring at some point over the next financial year.
She has led us through some challenging times, including a tough economic climate and a restructuring of our procedures. All of this has meant we are able to survive in the twenty-first century and can meet the demands of a changing anti-bullying and child protection landscape.
Here's a message from Claude:
"It has been a huge honour and privilege to lead Kidscape through some stormy seas and significant achievements. I am proud of the fact that we have retained our place as one of the UK's leading anti-bullying and child protection charities whose campaigning voice and very effective programmes have made a huge difference to thousands of children and their families across Britain and beyond.
"None of this could have been achieved without the huge commitment and hard work of a dedicated and highly experienced team, determined to protect children from bullying and abuse. It is with great sadness that I have made the decision to retire from Kidscape. My time with the organisation has been the most fulfilling of my professional life. Kidscape and its vital work will always be in my heart and I will endeavour to support those who will continue our mission in any way that I can."
We will be very sad to see Claude go. She has been a wonderful leader and visionary for Kidscape, and we will miss her dearly.