Announcement from The Students Exploring Marriage Trust t/a Explore – July 12th, 2018
The charity Explore is pleased to report the following changes that took place at its Annual General Meeting on June 20th. Mr Crispin Drummond had decided that, following the successful recruitment and probationary period of the new chief executive, Lisa Gagliani MBE, it was the right time to step down as Chair of the Board of Trustees and as a Trustee. Crispin had served as Chairman with extraordinary dedication for more than six years and the Board paid tribute to his forthright and visionary leadership during this time.
Mr Angus Somerville was elected new Chair of Trustees unanimously. He said that he was enthused by the growing awareness of Explore’s work in schools and the opportunity afforded to the charity by the prospect of relationships education becoming mandatory in all schools across England from September 2019.
The Board also warmly welcomed Mrs Suzie Simmons as a new Trustee. Suzie will have a specific focus on the charity’s fundraising, for which she is ideally suited as the current Head of Fundraising at Southampton Childrens Hospital, having been selected following the ongoing skills audit to enhance the Board’s spread of capability.
New Chair of Trustees Angus Somerville said, “Explore intends to expand and grow over the coming three years, with an investment in marketing, in staff, in programme support to schools and in partnership with a range of organisations that complement our mission.”
In the coming months, the charity intends to review its Articles of Association and the terms of engagement for Trustees, in line with best practice and, in due course, seek to change its name officially from The Students Exploring Marriage Trust to, simply, Explore. This was felt to be more consistent with the operational theme of the charity and would overcome possible confusion about the charity’s aims – which is to deliver relationships education, using marriage as a model, but not specifically to encourage students to marry per se. The charity remains very much committed to marriage as the ultimate model for long-lasting relationships and its overarching aim is to deliver hope to young people that they might aspire one day to marry, and thereby reduce the impact of family breakdown through better education at a time when romantic relationships begin to pre-occupy the minds of young people.
The board meets 4-5 times a year. There is also a fundraising & finance committee that meets 4 times a year.