Matthew Project names new chief in Norwich
The Matthew Project, the Norwich-based Christian drug and alcohol service, offering support and advice to local people, has announced Rosalie Weetman as its new chief executive. Keith Morris reports.
Rosalie (pictured right) was Policy and Development Manager for the National Offender Manager Service with national responsibility for Drug Rehabilitation Requirements and has a strong background in probation, specialising in substance misuse.
She said: “I am looking forward to taking up my new position as CEO of the Matthew Project. These are challenging times of significant political and social change in the field of substance misuse, but with the strong positive ethos of the Matthew Project and its highly skilled staff, I know that, together with other local agencies, we will be in a fantastic position to make a real difference to people’s lives.
“I have been so blessed by the churches I have attended over the years, with their emphasis on equipping me to live a God-centred life seven days a week and not just on Sundays. I have always tried to ensure that my life and work reflects God’s purposes for me and for His world, and I am looking forward to working for the Matthew Project which has its basis in solid Christian principles of social action. “No Compromise on Hope” underpins the ethos of the Matthew Project and fits exactly with my own view of working with people with substance misuse problems,” she said.
“Together I believe that we can bring hope to individuals suffering with addiction and help strengthen local communities and families to build resilience against the impact of substance misuse”.
Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, patron of the charity said: "I'm delighted that the Matthew Project has secured someone of the calibre of Rosalie Weetman as its next CEO. It is a tribute to the reputation of the Matthew Project that it has been able to appoint her. Those most grateful will be the many people the Matthew Project serves so well."
Following graduation with a degree in Law with Sociology, Rosalie started working for the Probation Service in 1997 and went onto qualify as a Probation Officer with a Masters degree in Social Work gained from the University of Nottingham. She has since worked in a number of different settings across the UK with a primary focus on offenders and substance misuse, as well as working for a year in the Correctional Service in New Zealand.
In 2005, an opportunity to improve the quality of drug treatment outcomes in Oxford saw her move to work for Thames Valley Probation where she won an Oxford Women’s Forum award which enabled her to undertake a post-graduate qualification in Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership. Since moving back to the East Midlands, she has managed the Probation Substance Misuse team in Derby and undertook a four month regional project evaluating the delivery of drug treatment in Probation settings.
Having moved around this country and overseas, Rosalie Weetman has attended a variety of churches, and therefore says says she feels fortunate to have experienced many denominations. With every move, she has chosen her church family based on locality and the availability of good teaching rather than specific church traditions. She has always placed high value on being involved in small groups, particularly in some of the larger churches she has attended where it is easy to feel disconnected, as she enjoys the fellowship of building up meaningful and accountable relationships with other Christians, and engaging in discussion-based Bible study. In addition to this, she enjoys leading worship and currently sings in her local church worship band.
Having spent her childhood in Lincolnshire, Rosalie has happy memories of holidaying in north Norfolk as both a child and adult, and says she is delighted to move to such a beautiful and friendly city as Norwich.
Rosalie took up her post on February 29.