13 December 2018
Cherry Smith has stepped down as Interchange community services manager.
Cherry, who is leaving to develop her private therapy practice, helped to establish Interchange ten years ago as a project for Sheffield YMCA. It became an independent not-for-profit community interest company in 2012.
‘I’m leaving Interchange with a heavy heart,’ she said, ‘but I know that Niki and our amazing team will work together to fight for and deliver the best possible services to young people.’
Her departure has heralded a new structure for the organisation with former chair, Niki Elliot, taking on the role of managing director. Assistant community services manager, Rena Smith, will manage the Sheffield City Council contract and counsellor, Suzy Henry, will manage the company’s work with Talent Match.
Announcing the changes, Niki said: ‘In this climate of austerity there is increasing need for our services and diminishing funding. I am delighted to be working with talented trustee, staff and volunteers and inspiring, courageous young people. It takes a lot of guts to come to counselling and we are determined to ensure that young people get the support they need.’
Niki joined the Interchange board of directors in early 2017 and became chair in September of that year. She formally stepped down as chair and took the role of MD at the Interchange annual general meeting in November 2018. Shaklil Zaman took the role as chair. And co-founder, Ruth Iantorno, stepped down as a trustee.