Children’s Links CEO Retiring

Karen Parsons, CEO of Children’s Links charity is retiring at the end of March 2022. Karen has been the CEO for over 5 years and has a continuous service of 25 years at the  national charity which supports work to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

As CEO and throughout her working life Karen has focused on partnership working and sees it as an integral part of daily work, providing opportunities to influence and develop services, whilst ensuring the voices of the local voluntary sector and the community are heard. She is set to step down from her role bringing to an end a career of more than 30 years in the voluntary sector, which has included a variety of roles from being the Chair of Involving Lincs partnership to a strategic Board member of the Voluntary Engagement Team.

Under Karen’s direction and leadership Children’s Links as an organisation has grown from strength to strength and achieved outstanding success in becoming a credible expert in the sector and a vital support for children, young people, families and communities.

Karen has strategically led the organisation through some very challenging times and her dedication to the cause and its beneficiaries has be unwavering. Her passion and knowledge in safeguarding, workforce reform, play and early years has enabled Children’s Links to be successful and sustainable.

On behalf of the Board and the entire staff team, the Chair, Kate Truscott  has said “ I want to thank Karen for her outstanding achievements with Children’s Links.  Her support for those we work with has been unwavering.  She has devoted so much of her career and considerable energy to supporting children, families staff and volunteers to achieve the most that they can and to have lots of fun whilst doing so.  On behalf of the Board, her work colleagues I wish her good health and happiness for the future.” 

Children’s Links Board of Trustees have appointed an experienced leader to take over when Karen leaves the organisation. Rachel Aylmer will be the new CEO of the charity and she will work closely with the Board and the management team to continue delivering services that make a positive difference.