Norwich's Matthew Project names new CEO
Norwich-based drug and alcohol charity, the Matthew Project, has appointed Paul Martin, from Missionary Aviation Fellowship UK, as its new chief executive. Keith Morris reports.
Paul, who was the Head of Strategy & Communication, for MAF, replaces former CEO Rosalie Weetman, who left the Christian ethos-based project on February 21.
Stephen Lock, Chair of the Trustees who made the appointment, said: “We received Rosalie’s decision to move back to Derbyshire for personal reasons with great sadness. She led The Matthew Project well through a time of significant transition and change for the organisation and laid the foundations for the provision of a sustainable service in the future.
“Over a number of weeks, the Trustee Board have undertaken a nationwide search and conducted a rigorous selection process following which we have been fortunate to have found and appointed Paul.
“We are delighted to welcome him to his new role in which he will lead The Matthew Project in our drive to opening pathways to drug and alcohol recovery in Norfolk and Suffolk.”
Paul Martin, who joined the charity on March 3, said: “With the opportunity to join The Matthew Project I have the privilege to help lead a UK serving charity where we are working within the community so close to the life-changing work itself.
“I have worked where we served remote and isolated communities in far off Africa and elsewhere in the developing world. Yet across Norfolk and Suffolk we have isolated communities and people in real unmet need too. I have been so impressed by the commitment, innovation and teamwork I have seen so far at The Matthew Project to meet these needs by working in strong partnerships.
“These are really exciting times for charities as we can take a greater role in delivering vital services across such a wide range of the community.
“I am looking forward to my family being able to move as we relocate to the Norwich area and we have already felt very welcome here. My first priority is to get to know The Matthew Project team, the community and our partners so I will very much enjoy getting to know Norfolk and Suffolk for my work and as our home.”
Pictured above is Paul Martin, new CEO of The Matthew Project.