We are sorry to report that Poppy Mardall has stepped down from the FSCSR Steering Committee.
Poppy has been a very active contributor our work and has been particularly helpful in facilitating engagement with hard to reach stakeholder groups. Her departure is a great loss to the project but we will continue to benefit from her insight and perspective through her participation on our Stakeholder Reference Group.
Poppy’s reason for stepping down is that she has recently had a baby and “she’s knackered”! This is something that many will be able to relate to and we wish her all the best as she as she re-jigs her workload to focus on her family and priorities at work over the next few months.
We are however pleased to report that Carrie Weekes of A Natural Undertaking has agreed to take Poppy’s place on the Steering Committee.
Carrie is a former librarian who has also worked in a role helping people to set up and run social enterprises. After many years of talking about it, she set up her independent funeral directing company based in Birmingham. Along with her co-owner, Fran Glover, she offers her clients a very personal funeral service. She works closely with families to ensure they get the service they need- at a price they can afford. She is also a founder member of the Community Interest Company BrumYODO which has managed an award winning arts festival in Birmingham for the past three years- “A Matter of Life and Death”, using arts to talk about Death and Dying.
We are so pleased that Carrie has agreed to join the project and we look forward to welcoming her at the next Steering Committee meeting, which will take place in December 2019.