Key appointments: CEO and Chairman

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, is delighted to announce the key appointments of Sarah Webb, as chief executive officer and Quentin Smith as the new chairman of the board of trustees.

Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb, CEO Wooden Spoon

Sarah Webb, who joined the charity in 2015 as Director of Fundraising and Marketing, has officially been appointed as Wooden Spoon’s first ever female chief executive officer. She is looking forward to leading the charity to achieve its vision that through the power of rugby every child and young person, no matter what their background has access to the same opportunities, and to building on the success of the last 35 years.

Sarah, who has extensive business experience both in the commercial and charity sector, added; “I am very proud and humbled to lead the charity as it looks to the next 35 years and to be working with a great team of trustees, regional chairs and committees, supporters and staff, without whom Wooden Spoon would not be in the excellent position it is today.”

In the last year, Wooden Spoon has supported more than 150,000 beneficiaries and spent more than £1m on projects throughout the UK & Ireland.

New Chairman of Trustees

Wooden Spoon is delighted to welcome former Premiership Rugby chairman and independent mediator, Quentin Smith, who has been appointed as the new chairman of trustees. He takes over from outgoing chairman, John Gibson, who has held the position since March 2013.

John Gibson has been an ardent supporter since 2002 when he first heard about the charity and went on to found the Worcestershire region and become their inaugural regional chairman, a role he will be continuing. Sarah Webb, CEO said; “Our sincere thanks go to John for his outstanding leadership and the valuable contribution he has made as chairman of the trustees during the past five years. He has done an amazing job in ensuring the charity is stronger than it has ever been. The generosity of his time and his calm and astute advice has transformed what we are able to do for children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage.”

Quentin Smith, chair of trustees

Quentin Smith, chair of trustees

Incoming chairman, Quentin Smith, has had a long standing relationship with Wooden Spoon, which grew through attending events as a supporter and donor. He is relishing the opportunity to build on the charity’s firm foundations and commented; “I am looking forward to discovering what everyone involved with the charity wants and sharing the journey, so we can collectively move forward and perhaps push the pace to achieve even more.”

Sarah Webb said; “We are very much looking forward to working with Quentin who has always been incredibly enthusiastic about what we do. Exciting times lie ahead with Wooden Spoon under his leadership.”

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