JAN 23 2012 / Changes to Relate's Chief Executive Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 January 2012
Changes to Relate’s Chief Executive Office
Today Relate, the country’s leading relationship support charity, announced that Chief Executive Baroness Claire Tyler is stepping down from her position at Relate to become the Chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), as well as continuing her work in the House of Lords.
Deputy Chief Executive, Sarah Caulkin is stepping up as Relate’s Interim Chief Executive until a permanent appointment is announced.
Baroness Tyler’s appointment to Cafcass was announced today by Michael Gove. Cafcass looks after the interests of children involved in care and family proceedings. They work with children, families and social workers to advise the courts on what is best for the child.
Sarah Caulkin, Relate’s Interim Chief Executive, said:
“Claire has achieved much during her time at Relate. Not only has she increased the profile of relationship support in policy debates, she chaired the successful Kids in the Middle coalition which pushed for more support for children of separated families. Claire also leaves the Relate federation with the strategy to provide more services to help families before their relationships hit crisis point.
“I look forward to carrying on her good work.”
Baroness Claire Tyler said:
“It has been a huge privilege and pleasure to be Chief Executive of such an important charity as Relate over the last four and a half years. I will remain a strong supporter and advocate for Relate and the wider children and families sector in the House of Lords. Since my appointment to the Lords is has become evident that I need to be able to devote more time to being a working peer.
“I am also delighted to be taking up the post of Chair of Cafcass, a role which brings together the two big passions in my working life over the last ten years – improving life chances for children in care and ameliorating the consequences of family breakdown for children caught in the middle”
Note to Editor
Notes to editors:
Claire Tyler (Baroness Tyler of Enfield)
Baroness Tyler has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Relate, the country's leading relationship support agency, since 2007, and is a working Peer in the House of Lords.
Sarah Caulkin has worked for Relate since 2008 when she was appointed Director of Relate Response. In 2010 she was appointed Deputy Chief Executive. Previous to working at Relate she had worked in both the private and public sector in general management roles.
- Relate’s vision is a future in which healthy relationships form the heart of a thriving society
- Relate’s services extend beyond couple counselling to family counselling, counselling for young people, online counselling, sex therapy and informal workshops
- Relate works in schools, primary care settings, prisons, and Children’s Centres
- Relate supports 150,000 people each year in over 600 locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Relate has a work-force of 2,000 people nationwide
For more information and advice visit: www.relate.org.uk