We are delighted to announce that Hattie Clayton will become our first full-time Chief Executive Officer.

Steve Hyndman, Chair of Trustees, explains “The appointment of a full-time CEO is a decision by the Trustees to invest in the future of JIGSAW Thornbury, to put more focus on strategy for services, fundraising and stakeholder management, to support the amazing work JIGSAW does supporting children and young people with additional needs, or disabilities and their families.

We went through a formal, open process of advertising and shortlisting the role, to make sure we had the right person for the job. Hattie stood out as the ideal candidate. She has gone above and beyond both initially in her leadership as Chair of Trustees, and then as Interim CEO after our founder stepped down last summer; through a period of massive change for JIGSAW. Hattie is energetic, creative and dedicated to the cause, and genuinely mindful of the wellbeing of all JIGSAW’S members, staff and volunteers. I can only imagine what she can do in the full-time role.”

After accepting the position, Hattie has these words to share with our members and supporters:

“When I first joined in with JIGSAW, I could not have imagined that I would come on this wonderful journey into the CEO role. But somehow I have found myself in a place where I truly ‘fit in’. I have absolutely loved working with our amazing team, getting to know our family members, and embedding into the community of Thornbury as Chair of Trustees and then Interim CEO. The impact JIGSAW has for children and young people with additional needs or disabilities, and their families, is life changing. It is an absolute honour to continue playing a key role in this as part of an innovative team who come together to compassionately support and empower families.

I am very grateful to the Trustees and Lisa, our Volunteer and HR Manager, who have put so much time into ensuring a robust and supported process for this important decision.

You can usually find me and Albus, my Cocker Spaniel who is JIGSAW’s registered Pets as Therapy dog, at JIGSAW’s home in the St Mary Centre in Thornbury, or contact me by email at any time hattie.clayton@jigsawthornbury.org.uk.”

We’re sure you’ll want to join with us in congratulating Hattie on her appointment and wish her the best of luck for the future in this exciting new phase for JIGSAW Thornbury.