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The Board of Shine announces the retirement of CEO, John Saunders

Shine announces today that John Saunders has notified the Board of his intention to retire as CEO of Shine

Having reached retirement age, Mr Saunders has announced that he will retire from his role as Chief Executive Officer of Shine on 30th April 2021, after 20 years of service. The Board of Shine will begin the recruitment process for John’s successor immediately. John will continue in his role as CEO until his departure at the end of April and the Board will announce any interim arrangements in due course while the recruitment process is ongoing.

Mr Saunders said; “Since I joined Shine in 2001, the organisation has grown immensely and I am proud of the tremendous work that our teams, past and present, have done and continue to do providing recovery and person- centred support to the people who use Shine services. I feel confident leaving Shine in the hands of a dedicated Board of Directors and a committed and accomplished team who will undoubtedly pave the way for the continued growth and development of the organisation.”

Mark Synott, Chair of Shine said: “On behalf of the Board and staff of Shine, I would like to offer our sincere gratitude to John for his commitment, both personally and professionally to Shine over the past 20 years.  Under John’s leadership, Shine has grown and developed into the forward thinking, ambitious national organisation that it is today.  The staff and Board feel privileged to have worked with John and are enormously grateful to him for his many contributions. We would like to wish John all the very best for a long and happy retirement. The Board of Shine want to take this opportunity to reconfirm its commitment to continue to support the growth and development of Shine as it enters this new chapter.”



Karolyn Ward, Head of Advocacy and Communications