A fond farewell to our Chair after nearly 18 years

Eric Van Den Barselaar fond farewell

The Redstart Learning Partnership said thank you and farewell this week to their Chair of Trustees, Eric Van Den Barselaar.  Eric first became involved in school governance as an elected parent governor at The Redstart Primary School in 2001 and became the Chair in 2006.  Eric then continued in his role as Chair of Governors and played an integral part in establishing The Redstart Learning Partnership which now includes nine local primary schools.

Eric had this to say:

‘After about 18 years in school governance I felt that he time had come to hand over the role of Chairman and resign as a Trustee of The Redstart Learning Partnership. I will remain involved as a Member of the Trust.

It has been a privilege to be a Governor and a Trustee for all these years and see the Trust grow from a single local authority school to the current Multi Academy Trust, under the leadership of Suzanne Flack as CEO.

The staff of The Redstart Learning Partnership have excelled themselves in the last few months, dealing with all the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trust and all its staff have worked tirelessly to support our children and their families during these difficult times, which has also included the formation of the TRLP Food Bank.  I look forward to continuing to work with the Trust in my Member capacity’.

Suzanne Flack, CEO of The Redstart Learning Partnership and previous Headteacher at The Redstart Primary School has worked with Eric for the last 18 years and was sorry to see him step down in his role but had this to say:

‘Eric and I have worked together over the last eighteen years and it has been a real privilege to have his dedication and commitment over the years. His continued support has allowed the Trust to go from strength to strength.  Eric will be sorely missed but we are extremely pleased that he is staying on as a Member of the Trust’.

Unfortunately the Trust were unable to give Eric a big farewell due to the current restrictions but they were able to invite him into school to present him with a thank you and farewell gift.

The Redstart Learning Partnership would like to wholeheartedly thank Eric for his ongoing support and commitment and they are extremely pleased that he will be continuing as a Member of the Trust for the foreseeable future.

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