Heather first joined the National Advisory Board of Career Ready in March 2005, becoming a Trustee in 2007 and taking over as Chair form Sir Winfried Bischoff in 2011. Heather has overseen many positive changes to the organisation during her time as Chair, including most recently the announcement of a new name and brand and the development of a new and improved programme for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Announcing her decision, Heather said: “It’s a really sad moment for me as this is an organisation that is very close to my heart. I truly believe that our mission is vital, and that the partnerships between schools and businesses that we foster can continue to make a real difference for a growing number of young people around the country.
“However, we are in a fantastic position and as we approach our name change, which marks an important new phase for the charity under Anne Spackman’s leadership, our voice becomes more widely heard in the national debate about how best to prepare young people for the world of work. Now is the right time for me to move aside and hand over responsibilities to Jeremy.”
Heather will formally hand over at the end of the current financial year, but will continue as a Trustee of the charity.
In addition to his position as a member of the National Advisory Board and more recently a Trustee, Jeremy Palmer has supported the management of finance and fundraising for the organisation. Jeremy said: “It has been a huge pleasure to work alongside Heather so far and I hope that I can live up to her high standards as Chair. I look forward to working with staff and partners as we enter the next exciting phase for the charity.”
Anne Spackman, Executive Director, said: “Career Ready has been blessed with outstanding chairmen from Sir Win Bischoff, our founder, to Heather McGregor, who steps down this year. In Jeremy Palmer we have someone who will continue that tradition.”