Jo Derrick has been appointed as Staf's new CEO, selected through a recruitment process involving frontline workers, care-experienced young people, and Staf board members. Jo will be taking up the post on 1st October 2019 and will be responsible for providing senior leadership, direction and oversight of the organisation in accordance with our core values: We Listen, We Care, We Love.

Jo has worked within Children's Services, with a particular focus on fostering, for the past 15 years with leadership roles encompassing Registered Manager, Agency Decision Maker and Managing Director. Additionally, with 8 years' experience as a foster carer, Jo brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to Staf.

Commenting on her appointment, Jo said:

'I am delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO, leading the dynamic team at Staf. Together we will work arduously to support our members in providing the best possible opportunities for young people leaving care across Scotland, underpinned by positive and sustainable relationships. With a new three-year strategy in place, I am ready to ensure that our aims are met and outcomes fully realised.'

Norma Corlette will be stepping down from the role in September 2019, after six successful years as the Staf Chief Executive Officer

Under Norma's leadership Staf has significantly grown its sectorial influence, diversified its range and scale of events to support and connect our members, and launched a range of national projects on relationships, trauma, and youth justice.

Reflecting on her departure and achievements, Norma said:

'The last six years have been an exciting time for the organisation. I am proud to have led the team in delivering on our commitments to increase practice-sharing opportunities for our members, to build Staf's political influence, and to support our members in developing trauma-informed and relationship-based approaches in their work.

I am particularly proud that we have supported our Youth Facilitator, Shannon Brown, to realise her dream, with the launch of Shannon's Box in East Ayrshire Council taking place at the end of June. It is incredible to see such a warm and positive response to Shannon's hard work.

We have put in place a comprehensive transition plan which will ensure staff confidence and guarantee Staf's continued growth as I pass the baton onto Jo. We will be working closely to ensure a smooth, phased handover, and I have great confidence that the organisation will continue to flourish with Jo at the helm.'