Faith in Families’ Chief Executive Officer retires

The Chief Executive Officer of Faith in Families, Lynda Fletcher, retired at the end of January (2021) following a 23-year association with the agency.

Lynda began her involvement with Faith in Families (then the Catholic Children’s Society) in 1997 when she adopted her three daughters. Lynda had previously worked for 21 years with children and families in several local authorities, and the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). Having taken a year out to settle and legally adopt her children Lynda joined Faith in Families as a Senior Practitioner, responsible for the adoption preparation groups together with supporting adoptive families.

Over the years Lynda held a number of management and leadership roles, overseeing the adoption and adoption support services; leading them through consecutive Ofsted inspections, all of which rated the agency as ‘Outstanding’. Lynda also developed the Schools Social Work Service from its inception, to that of a highly regarded service which to date has provided thousands of children and their families with emotional and social support.  

Strategic Role

In recent years Lynda took a more strategic role as Head of Professional Services, Deputy CEO and Chief Executive Officer.

Having retired from the agency Lynda will, however, remain connected with Faith in Families (FiF) by continuing in the role of Agency Decision Maker, approving adoptive families.

Laura Payne, Head of Professional Services at FiF, takes over as Interim CEO, pending the recruitment process for a permanent replacement.

Whilst at Faith in Families, Lynda has seen the agency achieve significant milestones including:

  • marking its 70th anniversary (in 2018)
  • six consecutive ‘Outstanding’ rankings by Ofsted

Improving children’s lives

Lynda said: “I have had the pleasure of working alongside many talented and dedicated colleagues over the years. The ethos of the agency has remained steadfast in placing children at the heart of all we do. This is due to our collective determination and passion to improve children’s lives.

“As I reflect on my time at the agency, I am proud that together we have made a real difference. I am reassured that this important work will continue under Laura Payne’s leadership. I would also like to acknowledge the positive working relationships I have had with Edward Hayes, Chair of Trustees, together with all of the Board members”.

Edward Hayes, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Faith in Families, added: “Lynda has been a CEO of exceptional quality, maintaining our history of excellent service to children and adopters. Her commitment and devotion to our work have been second to none, and we on the Board wish her a long and well-deserved retirement.”

Interim CEO

Laura Payne, Interim CEO at FiF, said: “Lynda has contributed so much to the agency over the years and has always been focused on the best outcomes for children. I am honoured to be taking on the role of Interim CEO and will do my very best to maintain the high standards we have always worked to.’

Faith in Families is a registered charity and adoption agency, based in Nottingham, with over 70 years’ experience. It provides adoption related services in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. In addition, it runs Adoption Support and professional services training courses, children’s groups, a Schools Social Work Service operating across the East Midlands, and fundraises to help vulnerable families and their children.

For more information see the Faith in Families website at https://faithinfamilies.org/

For further information on this news release please contact Sean Kirby, Business Development Officer at Faith in Families, on email: Sean.Kirby@faithinfamilies.org or mobile 07880 388186.