Re: Wendy Fryatt, CEO, Black Country Foodbank
The board of trustees for Black Country Foodbank would like to inform you of the news that we are saying farewell to Wendy Fryatt as our CEO , but she leaves with our love and deep gratitude for what she has enabled us all to achieve to date.
The board of Black Country Foodbank and (we feel certain) all of our valued supporters and agency friends, would first like to thank Wendy for boldly stepping out and starting this vital community work and playing such a vital part in bringing it to where it is today.
Black Country Foodbank has grown tremendously since starting on Wendy’s dining room table in 2006. There are now sixteen distribution sites, 5000 sq ft of warehousing and a solid volunteer base providing numbers of balanced meals exceeding 200,000 in 2013 – and we know Wendy is leaving the organisation in a secure and solid place. We are certain that our supporters, staff and volunteers feel the same.
The changes at BCFB have been agreed and underway for some months and were initiated by Wendy as we have looked ahead to the next five years. We remain in close relationship and look forward to Wendy’s continued success.
Wendy says, “This has been an incredible journey from foundation on my own dining-room table to BCFB becoming a well-respected regional charity. Together we’ve fed some 48000+ people, clothed countless people and you all know I lost count some time ago of all the sleeping-bags.
My prayer is that the work of BCFB goes on from strength to strength, that they enjoy their new space at Albion Street, how could God’s favour not rest on something so close to His heart – the poor.
For myself; please pray for God’s continuing favour on me & mine and that He will clearly show me my next steps with Him.
I’m already spending time restoring my 25yr old car and, perhaps more importantly, exploring a role within international disaster relief initially for the Philippines .”
This is an exciting new season for BCFB. We feel it wise to transition smoothly into this with a level of momentum, starting with a short review to ensure that the success and growth of this charity builds well into the future. The review will be facilitated with the help of ‘ACE Black Country’, (The Association of Christian Enterprise) network of which we became Members in 2013. This is part of a broader regional Christian network called The Net which seeks to connect, resource and inspire community initiatives across the region through Christian Churches, Organisations and Businesses. The review will be overseen by one of the ACE Team, John Cook, whom many of you will know as he is also one of the core leadership team at Amblecote Christian Centre. He is passionate about the mission of BCFB and has served as part of our Board in the past.
We are sure that the Black Country Foodbank will continue to be successful in its mission well into the future, bringing hope and encouragement to many, whilst fulfilling a crucial role in bringing Christ to the Community in Word and in Deed “for such a time as this….”
In the meantime, it will be business as usual on the ground and our team will be happy to help with any queries you may have:
Administration – Jenny Coleman (0121 448 8184; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Outreach – Emma Crook (0121 448 8184; email@example.com)
Stakeholder Engagement – John Cook (07977 235854; firstname.lastname@example.org)