The NCT has just elected its 6th president in its 55 year history. The hustings and election took place at the charity’s AGM attended by over 1,000 people on 15 & 16 May. Sue Saxey, volunteer for 21 years, former trustee and breastfeeding counselor, was duly elected from a field of three candidates.
For Sue, it is volunteers who are at the heart of NCT. She says: “I’m so thrilled to be the next NCT President - I have some big shoes to fill and hope to build on the success so far to help this charity make even more of a difference to parents now, so they can be the sort of parent they hoped to be. The parent-to-parent support that so many volunteers provide is vital to what NCT does and I’m looking forward to getting out there and talking to our volunteers as President. NCT is made up of amazing individuals with a burning desire to make a difference. For many, as it was for me, volunteering and being involved can be a pathway to real fulfillment.”
NCT now supports up to a million parents each year through its information and support services, with 105,000 members and over 10,000 volunteers who give their time, energy and skills in more than 300 local branches. As the only charity that supports parents from pregnancy into parenthood, NCT has an important role to play in building skilled and confident parents for the future.
Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive, NCT, says: “I’m very proud of what the charity has achieved so far - without our volunteers we would not be able to reach out as far and wide as we do. But the need for our work is increasing as new parents live away from their extended families and come under financial and commercial pressure, often becoming a parent after a birth made more difficult through lack of midwifery support.
“I’m delighted that Sue Saxey is stepping into the role of President. Sue has the NCT ethos in her soul and she will continue to ensure NCT supports parents to be the parent they want to be - her relationship with us goes back a long way and she has spent many hours volunteering for the charity for which I’m very grateful.”
At the AGM, the charity also voted in a new Chair of the Board, Rob Hayter, and three trustees - Suzy Broekhuizen (re-elected), Helen Chandler and Simon Mehigan. Gail Werkmeister also stepped down as President after five successful years and trustee Michelle Evans stepped down after six years on the Board. Ian Chandler, ex-Chair of the Board, stepped down after three years, two of these as Chair.
Belinda Phipps continues: “These changes to the Board come at an exciting time for NCT as we develop the charity’s new vision for the future. We’re thankful to Gail for overseeing many improvements to the charity in the last five years. We now have more volunteers than ever and almost 1,000 qualified workers providing courses and classes for thousands of parents, two new helplines, a new look and website. As a result our numbers of supporters and members are at an all-time high of 105,000. All this means we have been able to help more parents in more ways. We’re now looking forward to setting our charity’s new ten year strategy as we move towards our goal of reaching and supporting everyone who is on the path to becoming a parent in the UK.”