Norwich Foodbank has new management team
Norwich Foodbank has announced a number of changes in its management team, including the departure of project manager Grant Habershon after five very successful years at the helm.
Grant, who has successfully steered Foodbank as project manager from his appointment in 2009, has stepped down, passing the baton to development manager Hannah Worsley who has now become acting project manager.
Trustee Rev Mark Fairweather-Tall said: “It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Grant’s contribution to the Norwich Foodbank. He has developed Foodbank from the early days when it fed 33 people from two distribution centres in its first month, to the present level of 700 – 800 per month from ten centres. He has motivated volunteers, encouraged donors and liaised with other caring organisations, all to the benefit of the many needy families and individuals thus helped.
“Frank O’Neill and Clare Elkins, who as founding trustees were instrumental in initiating the work of the Foodbank, and have made a considerable contribution to the administration and growth of this essential service, have also stepped down. We welcome on board John Payne, the Foodbank treasurer, and Keir Hounsome, who have been appointed trustees,” said Mark.
“Norwich Foodbank is going into 2015 in a good position thanks to Grant's tireless work over the years. We continue to be supported by a strong team of enthusiastic, passionate volunteers, ensuring the people of Norwich are aware of the work we do and how best they can support us.
“We had a tremendous response from the general public over Christmas and thanks to good planning and communication by Grant and Hannah, people continued to receive support and food over the festive period.
“Hannah has worked alongside Grant as Foodbank's development manager, helping to grow our FISH project and extend services within our distribution centres. As trustees we are confident that she will be able to continue the good work of this charity and we are looking forward to what God has in store for Norwich Foodbank in 2015,” said Mark
Grant Habershon said: “It has been wonderful to see the way that God has used this Christian charity over the years, opening many doors to enable it to reach out to a great number of local people in need. This, together with the incredible community support the Foodbank has attracted, is something I will always look back upon with great affection. I leave at a time when we have an incredible team of volunteers, staff and trustees who I know will maintain and develop the work.”
Pictured top is departing project manager Grant Habershon (left) showing Norwich Sheriff William Armstrong around the Norwich Foodbank warehouse and above, acting project manager Hannah Worsley.