Yesterday we had our ‘farewell do’ for my boss Henrietta Blyth. It was great to publicly thank her and wish her well as she embarks on a new adventure as the new Chief Executive of Interhealth. Nevertheless, it was sad to say goodbye. It truly has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with her over the last three and a half years.
Henrietta has been fantastic for Tearfund and will no doubt lead Interhealth with the same positive energy, wisdom, love and concern for the staff. This Word Cloud made for her by the Learning Information Advice and Support Team, the Learning & Development Team and Internal Comms captures her personality and interests to a tee:
For me, Henrietta personifies the Happy Manifesto approach to leadership in that she’s constantly thinking of ways of enabling people to flourish and forever exploring how to make Tearfund an ever more life-giving place to work, in spite of the fact that we deal with the tragic consequences of disasters and the horrors of poverty, injustice and wars on a daily basis. These conversations with her have definitely been the highs of my time with Tearfund so far.
People often associate the phrase ‘no fear’ with courage in the face of danger. However, it can also mean ‘freedom to be’ and ‘permission to act’. Her attempt to create a ‘learn-from-mistakes’, ‘no blame’ culture, in my view, has, and is, helping Tearfund become an inquisitive, innovative, creative and fun place to be. Her legacy for Tearfund will be that of helping us develop a culture where our values reside on our sleeves, not just as lifeless words on a branding document. Here’s the HR Team’s tribute to her for doing this!
And here’s our prayer for her for the future:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the Son shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your garden; and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.