Geoff Tate, our chair of the board, retires

Geoff Tate (centre), pictured with with the new Chair John Cousins (left) and Chief Executive Steve Ellis (right).

After 12 years as chair of the board of trustees, last week we said a big thank you to Geoff Tate as he retired from the role.

Geoff has been Chair of the board since 2008, following his arrival to the board in 2007.

During Geoff’s time as Chair St Petrocs has grown significantly. Chief Executive Steve highlighted that growth:

“When Geoff became Chair we had 30 bedspaces, we now have 142. We used to turn over £900,000 a year, this year it’s £2.3m. We had 18 staff, now we have 50. We used to do 1,000 hours of volunteer time, the average now is about 11,000 a year. We are still the only agency with open Resource Centres and we’re still the only agency that provides a separate winter programme. And that winter programme, under his stewardship, has seen us look after and work with 700 different individuals.”

“I’ve never done anything I’ve enjoyed more. Nobody leaves St Petrocs, so I’m not going anywhere, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Steve thanked Geoff: “He is values driven, he believes in equality, fairness and justice, and they have all been themes of his time in the Chair. He does all this with a genuine sense of humanity, with good grace and a good deal of humour.”

Geoff commented “I’ve never done anything I’ve enjoyed more. As Steve has said, many times before, nobody leaves St Petrocs, so I’m not going anywhere really…it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. Keep up the good work.

Following the board meeting he was presented with an engraved salver and flowers to thank him for his many years of service. Geoff remains on the board and will become a Vice President for St Petrocs.

The role of Chair has been taken on by John Cousins, supported by new Vice Chairs, Roger Carson and Margie Ricardo.