Message from our CEO

Except for a few years at the start of my career I have spent almost all my working life in the not-for-profit sector so I’m used to the perennial struggle to make ends meet and, modesty aside, I have quite a good track record. So, when I became Chief Executive of FHL at the beginning of the year and assumed responsibility for all UK activities, I readily accepted the task of creating a framework for taking FHL into its second decade. I recalled vividly our Chairman’s comment in the introduction to a previous newsletter, when we passed the £3m milestone of direct support (a tremendous achievement for such a young charity), that one of the consequences of success is that we cultivate expectations for the future. This was so apparent on my own pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March. 

Now, as I notch up my first full year with FHL I’ve been thinking about the importance of a key but often overlooked objective: Sustainability. This is my renewed focus for the next phase of our development. As we turned the financial year at the end of March we noted with sadness that our income for the past year was, for the first time, lower than the previous year, so our strategic objective of providing practical support through fundraising has moved up the agenda. With your continued support I’m hopeful that the next end of year will see us restored to growth. We’d be especially glad to hear from anyone who has links with any charitable trusts or foundations.