“This year has turned out to be one of reflection for me, and after much thought and careful consideration I have decided to stand down as CEO permanently. Of course, I don’t relinquish the role lightly and it is something that will be tinged with a significant amount of sadness for me.
“There are several reasons behind my decision. Having celebrated my 35th work anniversary at the RSC earlier this year, it served as a reminder of how lucky I have been to serve the community for so long, and what a privilege it has been to serve as the CEO for the last nine years – something I would never even have dreamt of when I joined the organisation.
“Importantly, there comes a time when you sense that it is right to hand over the baton. I’m not normally one for expressing personal pride. I am, however, proud of building a resilient organisation that could weather the storms of 2020 with real confidence and ensure that we can continue to support the community for years to come.
“My decision is also significantly influenced by how things have changed so considerably for the organisation as a result of COVID-19. The staff have done an amazing job in supporting the community during such unprecedented times. And the community have been truly awe inspiring in their response to the pandemic.
“Given the impact of COVID-19, I strongly believe there is a need for continuity of leadership over the next six months or so, and Helen Pain is ideally placed to do this having led the organisation so incredibly well in the last year.”
Dr Helen Pain will become Interim CEO (currently Acting CEO) from January 2021 with Paul Lewis continuing as Deputy CEO. In line with the organisation’s policies and to ensure that the best candidate is recruited for Robert’s permanent successor, the role will be made available both externally and internally. The process will begin in January when the role will be advertised, and the Honorary Officers – supported by other Trustees – expect to be in a position to confirm someone in post by the summer of 2021.