Sophie Humphreys, Founder and Chair of Pause, has announced she is to step down as Chair of the organisation at the end of the year. Sophie, who founded Pause in 2013, will continue to take an active role as Founder, acting as an advisor and advocate for the organisation.
“Pause has developed the strong foundations it needs to continue not only to effect positive change with the women we support, and ultimately their children, but also to continue to model and influence the partners we work with to ensure their services are more effective in supporting vulnerable adults and children with complex needs. Pause is now ready for the next stage of its journey, and so am I. It is time for me to transition to a slightly more informal role of Founder and to hand the baton to a new Chair.”
Sophie has been a relentless advocate for the need to break the destructive cycle of repeat removals which does such damage to women and children across generations. In 2013, after she successfully made the case to the London Borough of Hackney, Pause’s first pilot began and now, five years later, Pause is working in 24 local authorities, with the first Practices in Scotland and Northern Ireland set to open later this year.
“Sophie has driven our growth while supporting us to ensure Practices remain faithful to the Pause model. Without her, Pause simply would not exist, and her tenacity and energy has never waned. In her new role as Founder, she will continue to be an advocate for what we do, and I am delighted that we will retain her passion and support.”
Jules Hillier, Chief Executive of Pause
“As Founder and Chair, Sophie has brought with her a passion for Pause and great insight from her experience of practice. In her successor, we are looking for someone who shares this passion and is ambitious for Pause’s growth and its ability to change people’s lives.”
Michael Clark, a member of the Pause Board of Trustees
GatenbySanderson has been appointed to recruit the new Chair and the search will begin this month.