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A fond farewell to our Managing Director, Alistair Young

Family Fund Business Services’ (FFBS) Managing Director, Alistair Young is announcing his retirement after five years of service. Our current Head of Business Development, Jill Wheeler, has been appointed to the role.

Alistair Young says: “I’ve loved every minute of working at Family Fund. Well, it hasn’t been work really, it’s been a privilege.”

Alistair explains: “In our first four years, we have partnered with over 40 customers fulfilling more than 250,000 orders for over a million items. It’s been highly rewarding to watch the business grow knowing that our successes have benefited a growing number of partners across the UK, and the fantastic work of our charity, Family Fund.

“Although it will be hard to say goodbye I am confident that the business will continue to expand its reach, helping more organisations helping others.”

Jill Wheeler, who has been with the company for three years, will commence her new position as Managing Director on 21 August 2017. As Head of Business Development for FFBS, Jill has already helped to establish relationships with an increasing number of partner organisations and UK suppliers, ensuring the scope and range of available products and services are aligned with their customer’s needs and requirements. Jill also brings with her a breadth of experience across the private, public and not for profit sectors including roles within the NHS, Department for Work and Pensions and the Northern Recruitment Group.

Jill says: ‘‘It is an exciting time for Family Fund Business Services, as we continue to grow and develop our fulfilment service in line with increasing customer demand.

“Alistair has delivered a phenomenal job in establishing the business, as not only one of the UK’s leading fulfilment organisations, but also as a highly profitable and well regarded charity trading subsidiary.

“I am delighted at the prospect of leading FFBS and working with the team to enhance and extend our procurement solution, to support even more customers across the housing, charity and local government sectors, and to deliver increased income for our parent charity, Family Fund.’

Cheryl Ward, Family Fund’s Group Chief Executive and Board member of FFBS says: “We are indebted to Alistair for all of his hard work and commitment to the Family Fund Group. Alistair joined us five years ago to help realise the ambition of the Executive and Board of Trustees; taking the charity’s grant fulfilment experience and use this to support others and raise unrestricted income to support the future work of Family Fund. Alistair’s invaluable efforts and determination to realise the charity’s vision in both setting up and developing FFBS has provided almost £2.5 million to our charity, funding important development work and new services so that we can continue to provide essential help to even more families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

“On behalf of the Trustees, Board of Directors and the team in Family Fund, we shall be very sad to see him go but wish him all the very best with his retirement and the next chapter that lies ahead.

“We are pleased to welcome Jill Wheeler to the role. Jill has already been pivotal to FFBS’ success and we wish her the best of luck as she and the team continue to expand the fulfilment service and support to Family Fund.”

FFBS was established to create value for organisations by providing a more efficient administration process and access to goods and services at a reduced cost through our collective buying power. By 2020 our vision is to gift £1 million every year to Family Fund, helping to extend the charity’s reach to support more families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

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