Marguerite McLaughlin BEM has stepped down as the Chief Executive of METRO.
Marguerite has lead the charity for 10 years overseeing considerable change and growth and strengthening its governance. Under her leadership, METRO has expanded its service provision and reach considerably to provide a range of mental health, sexual health, HIV and youth services to anyone experiencing issues with gender, sexuality, identity and diversity.
Marguerite ensured that METRO was steady and prepared for the many new funding, commissioning and strategic challenges facing the third sector. She has represented METRO locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for equality and her work has been recognised through a number of awards, including the British Empire Medal earlier this year.
Shannon West, Chair of METRO's Board of Trustees said:
Marguerite has led METRO for 10 years through numerous positive changes and developments and leaves us in a strong, stable position with an expansion of service types and locations and considerable growth in turnover and staff. Marguerite is leaving the organisation for family reasons and will be greatly missed by all staff, volunteers and trustees.
METRO is unique in providing the range of services that it does - developed in response to the needs of the people and communities we work with and for. We have many important challenges ahead and we are pleased that Dr Greg Ussher is taking the reins as Acting Chief Executive pending permanent recruitment decisions.
Contact: Patricia Durr, Head of Policy, Communications & FR, email@example.com 020 8305 5000 x.136, 07912515397
1. METRO is a leading equality & diversity charity providing mental health, sexual health, HIV and youth services across London and the South East and with some national and international projects. Our vision is or a world in which difference is celebrated, respected and valued, where discrimination is eliminated and where optimum health and well-being for all is a collective goal.
2. Dr Greg Ussher has been METRO's Deputy Chief Executive for 5 years and a senior manager with the charity for 8 years.
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