Solace is absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Fiona Dwyer as its new CEO. Fiona will be CEO designate for a short period of handover with outgoing CEO Mary Mason, who is stepping down after 14 years of leading Solace. Fiona fully takes up the reins on 30th September.
Chair of Trustees at Solace, Helen Hughes, said:
“Fiona brings with her significant experience working with and for women and young people's protection. She has spent 17 years working globally on human rights and international development and is currently Strategic Lead for Violence Against Women and Girls at London Borough of Haringey (since 2016) and a Trustee at Rights of Women (since 2014).
Prior to joining Haringey, Fiona was VAWG Strategy Manager at London Borough of Tower Hamlets (2012-2016), and has spent time as National Children & Young People Officer at Women's Aid Federation of England (2008-2012) and as Programme Manager for the ISPCC in Dublin.
I know that Fiona will set a clear path and lead Solace into the future utilising her in-depth knowledge of the sector and continue to provide our specialist services to meet the needs of women and children. The Trustees are very much looking forward to working with Fiona and, together, to taking this wonderful organisation on to even greater things.”
Fiona Dwyer said:
I have long admired the work of Solace and the contribution it makes to providing life-saving and life-changing services to some of the most vulnerable women and families in the capital. I also look forward to working with such a committed and passionate team of staff and volunteers who deliver an extensive range of services, and promise to keep innovating in response to what women tell us they want and need to live safe and independent lives. It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Mary who has grown Solace over the past years into the leading specialist women’s charity in London.”