AFF Chief Executive to step down

Army Families Federation Chief Executive Sara Baade has announced that she is to step down after leading the charity for five years, with her last day being 25 August.

In the last five years, Sara has overseen the launch of Forces Families Jobs, the tri-Service spousal employment platform, pushed for better communication to families and raised the need for better support for the Foreign & Commonwealth community.

Julia Warren, Chair of Trustees, said: “Along with the board of trustees I have found Sara has been a pleasure to work with but critically she has developed the overall standing of AFF significantly. She has worked tirelessly to secure funding, raise concerns on behalf of Army families to the highest levels and, with her great team, supports our families with a whole variety of issues.

“We are sorry to see her leave but know she is leaving AFF in very good shape with a good team. On behalf of the board, I would like to wish her all the very best for the future.”

Sara said: “When I took on the role, I expected that much of my work would be to highlight to the Army what it’s really like to be an Army family.

“Over the years I’ve highlighted where things don’t work, but overall, I’ve been impressed by the Army’s openness to listen and incorporate the family agenda into policy.

“I’d like to thank the Army command, not just for including AFF in the key decisions affecting families, but also for being open minded and willing to address the issues we have brought to the table.”

Sara’s new role will be as Chief Executive of the Sailors’ Society.

The search for Sara’s successor is already under way and will be announced in due course. In the meantime Operations Director Collette Musgrave will act as interim Chief Executive.

POSTED ON 20 AUGUST 2020

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