REDR-IHE CHIEF executive Bobby Lambert has stepped down following disagreement with the board of trustees over the disaster relief charity's funding and internal management.
In a statement RedR-IHE said that the decision was taken by 'mutual agreement' and, it said, came as a result of differences in view over the 'process, pace and rationale' for changes needed within the charity.'The organisation is going through a period of consolidation and regrouping following major expansion and some subsequent difficulties, partly relating to funding and internal management,' said a statement to staff. 'Some genuine differences arose between the board and Bobby as to how to handle this consolidation and regrouping.'It added: 'After considerable thought and discussion it was agreed that he would step down as chief executive.' RedR-IHE chair Helen Caulfield paid tribute to the work carried by Lambert during his 14 years with the organisation, ten 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 has expanded rapidly in size and activity over the last two years due to the need created in particular by the South East Asian Tsunami, Pakistan earthquake, Afghanistan conflict and the on-going humanitarian crisis in Dafur, Sudan. Merger in 2005 with healthcare charity the 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 current rethink of operations and strategy. Current head of corporate services Neil Casey will take over as interim chief executive while a permanent replacement is found He will work with the newly created leadership team and the board of trustees to refocus the organisation and review overall strategy.