The Fife Centre for Equalities is set to replace Nina Munday, who helped set up the charity in 2014.
A Fife charity has unveiled its new chief executive who will take over from a founder who is to step back after seven years at the helm.
Nina Munday was employed to set up Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) in 2014 but will move on in March.
After spending the last 7 years developing the organisation, nurturing the staff and working with the strategic partners, she told the board in July 2021 that she intended to leave the organisation.
She felt it was the right time for her departure when the organisation is working like clockwork and FCE is firmly recognised as the centre of excellence in Fife for championing equality, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
The charity has now announced Elric Honoré will be taking over the helm of the organisation from February 2022.
Nina Munday, chief executive, Fife Centre for Equalities said: “It has been a real pleasure and privilege to be given the opportunity to develop an organisation based on a concept developed by the Fife Council and its elected members. I am very thankful to the key people from Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council and NHS Fife who helped me to recruit our first board of trustees and make FCE a registered company and charity.
“As a ‘Fifer’ who hasn’t lived in Fife since teenage years, it has been an honour to have a chance to give something back to Fife especially in a field which I am very passionate about. It has always been my personal vision to inspire and enable everyone, in whatever role they play in the society, to take action that adheres to equality, inclusion and social justice. I am amazed and heartened that many people in Fife have joined our journey so far.
“FCE couldn’t be in safer hands for the next part of its journey. Elric is equally passionate about equality and the values of FCE. I will miss everyone in the organisation, trustees, paid and unpaid staff, service users and partners. Thank you to everyone who has walked alongside me on this journey. I hope that my future career path will forever be intertwined with FCE and be able to support its growth.”
Under the leadership of the chair, the FCE Board then proceeded to undertake an open recruitment process to search for a new chief executive, with Mr Honoré successfully proving himself to be the right person for the job during the robust recruitment process.
Elric is also a long-standing employee of FCE, and was employed as the development officer a year after Nina’s appointment.
During the past years, Elric developed the local recognition scheme “Equality Pathfinders”, published the “Equality in Fife” report, and created the Let’s Keep Chatting podcasts.
Mr Honoré, said: “It is a great honour to follow in Nina’s footsteps to continue the work of FCE in Fife. As a small organisation, FCE has developed leaps and bounds since becoming an
independent charity in July 2016, thanks to the leadership shown by Nina and our board of trustees.
“When I joined FCE in 2015, I relocated to become a new Fifer and have been learning ever since from the equality groups and communities who want to make equality and fairness a reality for people living, working or studying in Fife. It is a great journey, and I am reminded everyday of how important that work is.
“On behalf of the team, I would like to share how grateful we all are for Nina’s commitment and hard work during the years. Nina has worked tirelessly on so many equality issues to improve the lives of Fifers. She will be sorely missed by the team. We all wish her well for the future.
“As we recover from the pandemic, we will continue to build on our successes in engaging virtually as well as in person. My focus is to keep strengthening FCE as an asset for local communities and enabling all our partners to improve inclusive practises across Fife.”
Elric will start his new role from 01 February 2022 and work with Nina until her final date of employment with FCE on 31 March 2022.
FCE’s board is confident that Elric will build on Nina’s good work and FCE will continue to grow from strength to strength.
FCE chairperson, Lee Ryan, said: “The Board is delighted to welcome Elric to his new role as Chief Executive of FCE. We are confident that under Elric’s leadership FCE will continue to grow from strength to strength, continuing the journey started by Nina for equality, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for the people of Fife.
“The Board recognises the immense contribution made by Nina to FCE and to equalities in Fife and beyond and wishes her every happiness for her future. We look forward to working with Elric and we wish him every success in his new position in the organisation.”