Karen Phillips MBE DL is retiring from The Fed

Mar 7, 2017
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Category: Deputies

Karen Phillips MBE DL, is the CEO of The Fed and is retiring from her role on March 31st 2017 after 25 years of service. The Federation of Jewish Services (FJS) was created in December 2009. It was brought about the merger of two of Manchester Jewry’s oldest charities – The Fed and Heathlands Village. In November 2011 FJS became known as The Fed, whilst retaining its full title “The Federation of Jewish Services” for legal and charitable purpose.

Whilst acting as CEO Karen has overseen some dramatic changes in the way that The Fed supports the community not least the merger of community services creating an independent living, residential, nursing and end of life home for over 180 people. This 5 acre one stop shop care facility consisting of a children’s centre, next to a community centre, next to care facilities in a vibrant setting is a new model of care far removed from the traditional approach.

Karen said of her impending retirement.

In my work as CEO of a large charity in Manchester, The Fed, I hear many people saying “I feel the same inside. I can’t believe I am here, right here, right now.”

I find myself saying the same thing as I am about to retire from my role. I hasten to say that I am not retiring per se, but leaving a role about which I am passionate and committed.

After careful thought I have decided that now is the time to pursue other interests and roles whilst I have the energy to do so and find the balance in life that has always eluded me.

Having worked hard for over 45 years within the statutory and voluntary sector and been through mergers and angst ridden challenges I know that I have many adventures in the future and am excited about what lays ahead.

Not surprisingly, I have had some sentimental moments. I look at what has been created with great pride and know that the team around me is well capable of taking the organisation forward,

Of course I have some fears about the future not helped by the interminable advice from the suddenly, vastly knowledgeable friends and colleagues (mainly men) who say that they couldn’t possibly and it is the worst thing to do.

I feel differently.

I have seen too many people clinging on past their sell by date, fearful of the future, leaving others pondering how they might move them gently on.

Not me.

I might write again in twelve months with a different story with a more regretful slant.

Watch this space.

The Lieutenancy wishes Karen a long and happy retirement from her CEO role and looks forward to continuing to support her as a valued DL.