New CEO appointed
Running a charity is a serious business
Just three months into her role as Chief Executive of The Children's Centre, Fiona Dawson is finding out just how her commercial experience is relevant to the running of one of the Island's best-known charities – and she is relishing the opportunity.
It's no secret that The Children's Centre has gone through a challenging time recently, particularly when it lost a major Government contract late last year, but when Fiona was appointed in March she knew that the organisation had to put that in the past: the focus now is firmly on the future.
Fiona has a track record in change management, particularly in the financial services industry and believes that this, along with her team-building and brand experience and skills, was a crucial factor in her appointment.
"The Children's Centre is a charity, but it is also a major employer and a major Island resource," continues Fiona. "Most people on the Island know we exist, but very few know just how much we do. My role is to change this perception, and make sure that The Children's Centre can continue to offer the essential services we provide to nearly half the Island's children and families."
It is a staggering figure – 40% of children on the Isle of Man have some contact with The Children's Centre, whether it is through nursery and pre-school care, or through the work it does in 'early intervention' and other vital services for children, young people and families. But, as Fiona explains, it all comes at a cost: "Over £20,000 every week just to cover the charitable services."