Journeys for Change announces Celia Hodson as new CEO
We are delighted to announce that Celia Hodson has been appointed CEO of Journeys for Change, effective from 4 January 2016.
Celia brings a wealth of experience of leading change, both strategic and operational as COO and CEO in medium size to multinational enterprise in the UK and Australia. Her previous roles include CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia, Founder of The Eastern Enterprise Hub, Deputy Chief Executive at Social Enterprise UK, Chief Executive Officer at Cambridge Co-operative Development Agency and Chief Executive of Choose Suffolk. She has also held numerous board positions with UK based non-profits and social enterprises.
Celia says “My love affair with Journeys for Change started quite some time ago when I was a participant in one of the very early journeys to India. There were a couple of unexpected side effects that came out of the experience for me. One was that I was filled with a refreshed zeal for my working life, a sense of bravery and a feeling that I no longer wanted to sit back and let others ask the burning questions. Vivian Greene said ‘Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain.’
She goes on “But the biggest change was that following my first journey, not only did I set up a social enterprise in the UK but, seven years on, I return to Journeys for Change to take up this fabulous role as the new CEO and to lead its incredible team. How scary is that? Taking over where co-founders Richard and Pooja left off is no small ask, but I’m ready and up for the challenge. I’m committed to supporting a passionate community of established and aspiring leaders that have the skills, confidence and networks to build an inspiring alumni that together, will make a global impact.”
Celia is taking the helm from Richard Alderson, co-founder and Director, who is moving to a board role with the organisation.
Richard says: “I’m thrilled to welcome Celia as our new CEO. Not only does she bring outstanding leadership skills, but she also shares the values that we hold so dear at Journeys for Change – a belief in the power of bringing diverse leaders together, of experiential learning, and of challenging experiences in different contexts. She is the ideal person to take the work Pooja and I started to the next level, and to work with our remarkable team, alumni and hosts across the world.”
Pooja Warier, co-founder and advisor says “I am excited about Celia coming on board as CEO. I am confident that with her at the helm, Journeys for Change will continue to offer transformational experiences for individuals around the globe. Together with Richard, I look forward to working with her and taking the organisation to the next level.”
- Christopher PurvisFormer DirectorSG Warburg, Japan"I would recommend anyone who might be contemplating involvement of time and money in the voluntary sector to go on a Journey for Change."
"It will open your eyes… you cannot fail to be inspired by the people you will meet and the stories they tell."