METRO CEO leaving

Hear from our CEO Andrew Evans, and Chair of Trustees Dawn Brown.

Our CEO, Andrew Evans, has resigned after 20 years of service. Our trustees are working closely with our senior leadership team to start the process of recruiting a new CEO. We are committed to selecting a leader who, like Andrew, shares our values and dedication to our mission.

"I have had a long and stimulating career at METRO and have worked with some fantastic individuals who’ve taught me compassion, understanding and empathy. Although it hasn’t been without its challenges, I have valued the opportunity to guide the charity into the post-pandemic world and remain committed to the culture change we are seeding and developing throughout the charity.

“This is something I have thought long and hard about and I am sure is the right thing for me while being an opportunity for the charity. METRO has a bright future and I have always known we bring a unique and valued approach to supporting, understanding and empowering individuals and communities that value their differences. We reach well beyond that of other statutory and voluntary sector organisations.”

Andrew Evans, CEO.

Dawn Brown, our Chair of Trustees, said:

“We are very grateful for everything that Andrew has brought to the role of CEO – a considerate, open, consultative and humble leader, bringing a wealth of experience and understanding from his 20 years of service to the charity and the communities we support and empower.

“Although I and the rest of the board are sad to see Andrew go, we completely respect his decision and wish him all the best as he looks to challenge himself in different ways, having already given so much to the charity. We are also very pleased that he has agreed to stay in post until 1st March 2024, allowing us time to recruit a new CEO, and for him to continue to lead the charity through this change.

“I want to reassure our service users, supporters, funders, commissioners, volunteers and our staff that METRO will continue to operate smoothly during this transition and the senior management team will play a key role in ensuring this. Our directors Joel Robinson, Mark Delacour and Naomi Goldberg bring a combined 19 years of experience of working at METRO. And Mustaffa Harun, having recently joined as our Director of Finance and Resources, comes with extensive finance experience to guide us through this next chapter.

“We will continue to provide our vital services. We will continue to improve our systems and processes. We will continue on our journey to becoming an actively anti-racist organisation.

“As we move forward with Andrew's continued leadership and the search for a new CEO, I would like to highlight the remarkable impact we have as a charity on the lives of the people and communities we serve and empower. With the continued dedication and hard work of our team and with the support of our commissioners, supporters and funders, I am confident that METRO will continue to be a leader in the sector.”

We plan to open recruitment for our new CEO in the next couple of weeks. If you are interested, please keep an eye on the jobs section of our website.