We are delighted to announce that Rachel Bird is The Forgiveness Project’s new Director!
Rachel has been our Operations Director, in effect Acting Director, since our previous CEO Tim Mungeam stepped down a year ago. Chair of Trustees, Lizzie Nelson said: “During the last year, Rachel has developed The Forgiveness Project, embedding her vision for a progressive organisational model and strengthening the team, building a stronger shared ownership of the work.
“In recognition of all she has already achieved for The Forgiveness Project, it is with huge gratitude and the unanimous support of the Board and staff that Rachel was asked to be our new Director. Rachel has walked a long way with The Forgiveness Project, and given so much of herself to the growth and development of The Forgiveness Project. Marina, our founder and now Chief Storyteller created this unique and precious organisation; building on this, and bringing leadership gifts and skills to the organisation which are all her own, we know Rachel is the right person to take The Forgiveness Project forward.”
Having previously worked with a wide range of refugee, peace and political campaign groups, Rachel started work at The Forgiveness Project in 2011 as Project Co-ordinator, progressing to Operations Manager, then Operations Director.
Rachel said, “I am deeply honoured to take up the position of Director. The Forgiveness Project is an inspiring organisation for which I have developed the greatest admiration in the time I have been here.
“For over 20 years I worked for causes that uncovered and addressed the root causes of suffering at a social and political level. My work at The Forgiveness Project has taken this journey to the heart of it all, to the individual, and the potential for harm and kindness that lies in each and every one of us.
“As Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, more eloquently than I ever could: ‘If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?’
“Our work promoting tolerance, empathy and understanding is rooted in the transformative power of sharing stories. Over the coming months we will have a brand new website to go with our updated interactive version of The F Word and our newly developed Education Resources. We will be exploring ways of reaching greater audiences, whilst also enabling people to engage with our work at a deeper level.
“I am excited to continue and develop the work of The Forgiveness Project with the fantastically talented staff team, the dedication of our funders and supporters, and the wisdom of our ever generous storytellers, who are at the heart of everything we do.”