It was smiles all round in May for our Chief Exec, Mark Cunningham as he celebrated 25 years with The Fed.

Starting as a social work student in May 1996, Mark climbed the ranks becoming the Senior Social Worker, followed by Director of Community Services, and then Chief Operating Officer.

With Mark’s predecessor, Karen Phillips, retiring from the role in 2017, Mark took the reigns of the charity on April 1st.

“It might have seemed like an April fool’s joke at first,” said Mark, “but it has been a privilege to be involved with this organisation for so long.

“I love my job, I love coming to work, and I love the people I work with – I really couldn’t ask for more.”

Former Fed chairman and recently-appointed Honorary Patron, Mark Adlestone OBE DL, was full of praise.

We knew from day one that Mark’s appointment as Chief Executive was the right one. His guidance for many years, but particularly through the pandemic, has been a constant reassurance to our staff and clients, and stands out as a beacon of all The Fed is proud to represent.

The challenges over the last 12 months have required outstanding leadership, and we have been fortunate indeed to have Mark in position.”

Fed Chairman, Bernie Yaffe, presented Mark with a certificate marking his quarter-century involvement with the organisation.

“Mark’s twenty five of incredible services to The Fed has been matched only by his unstinting service to the wider Jewish community during that time.

“His motivation and leadership shadow extends far and wide – such as chairing the the National Association of Jewish Care Homes, as well having significant influence social care policy at both a national and local governmental level.

“Mark is the reason I can sleep easily at night as Chairman of The Fed. The incredible way he has led The Fed through the last 12 months prove beyond doubt he is the right man for the job.”

Congratulations, Mark!