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Meet our new CEO

Families in Grief (FiG) has welcomed a new CEO on board.

Naomi Jefferies started her new role as head of the charity on 2nd May 2023.  Naomi has many years’ experience of working with children, young people and their families in schools across North Devon.  She was previously a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Southmead School in Braunton and responsible for leading all aspects of whole school SEND and mental health provision.

Tracey Elliott, Chair of Trustees for Families in Grief says: “We are delighted that Naomi has joined us!  Not only does she have impressive experience supporting families within the education sector, but she is also a trained organisational and occupational psychologist, with a background of working with teams within the NHS. Thanks to our recent successful application to the National Lottery Community Fund, we can look to not only maintain, but develop our services for the future with greater confidence. Naomi is therefore joining us at a particularly exciting time for FiG.”

“I am so proud to be joining the FiG team and to be able to build upon the amazing work led by Emma Marston”, says Naomi Jefferies. “FiG make such an important contribution to the lives of bereaved families and to the wider community in North Devon and Torridge. I have already worked with FiG in two schools following the death of a parent and the unexpected death of a member of staff.  It means I have seen first-hand the positive difference the charity makes by being alongside children and adults at a time of loss. It’s an absolute privilege to be able to lead FiG into the next phase of its journey.”

The role of the CEO of Families in Grief has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

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