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RedR-IHE CEO steps down by 'mutual agreement'

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REDR-IHE CHIEF executive Bobby Lambert has stepped down by 'mutual agreement' after 14 years with the disaster relief charity.

A statement on the organisation's website this week gave no details of the circumstances of his departure in mid-August, stating simply that he wished the charity 'the very best as it moves forward'.

Speaking to NCE this week, RedR-IHE chair Helen Cauleld added only that the decision had come after 'considerable thought and discussion'.

She paid tribute to the work carried out by Lambert during his 14 years with the organisation, 10 of which were spent as chief executive.

'His vision and passion transformed RedR from a small London-based NGO to an international NGO with programmes running in disaster-affected countries, ' she said. 'We wish him well in the future.' The disaster relief charity is understood to be undergoing an overhaul of its strategy, operations and organisation.

RedR-IHE has expanded rapidly over the past two years under Lambert's leadership.

This growth has been a result of the need created by the South East Asian tsunami, the Pakistan earthquake, the Afghan conict and the on-going humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Merger in 2005 with healthcare charity International Health Exchange added to its workload.

The sudden scaling up of activity is understood to have put pressure on the small organisation's management and prompted the rethink of operations and strategy.

Head of corporate services Neil Casey has taken over as interim chief executive while a permanent replacement is found. He will work with the leadership team and the board of trustees to refocus the organisation and review overall strategy.

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