Yorkshire mental health charity Touchstone has appointed Arfan Hanif as its Chief Executive Officer

Touchstone’s Operations Director, Arfan Hanif, has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer following the departure of Alison Lowe. Arfan originally came to Touchstone on a temporary contract as a Community Development Worker in late 2012. He quickly demonstrated his leadership abilities and was recruited to the Senior Management Team just 9 months later. Arfan has over 25 years of senior leadership experience in the Public and Voluntary

2021-07-06T13:05:14+01:006th July 2021|Leadership, News|

Charity Touchstone placed 4th at UK’s most inclusive employer awards

Mental health and wellbeing charity Touchstone has ranked 4th in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers’ at a ceremony in Manchester last month. he Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list awards UK-based organisations who promote employee inclusion at all levels of their businesses, including management, senior, executive and board level. Organisations entering the awards must demonstrate the promotion of all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion. Touchstone,

2019-12-18T11:04:40+00:0010th December 2019|Awards, Diversity, Equality and Diversity, Leadership, News|

Celebration service for talented PR director and charity champion

Yorkshire’s businesses, charities and public relations organisations are invited to attend a service to remember Carol Rennard (Arthur) - a highly talented and popular communications director who recently passed away following a long illness. A service to celebrate Carol’s life and career will take place at Trinity Church, Tunstall, Tuesday August 27, 2.30pm followed by a gathering at The Kings Head, Richmond. The family is encouraging attendees to wear colourful

2019-08-22T17:02:50+01:0022nd August 2019|Friendship, Leadership, News|

International Women’s Day 2019 by Alison Lowe

International Women’s Day events are held worldwide on March 8 to celebrate women and their global contribution. Various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at events on the day, highlighting their successes to illustrate how much progress has been made, and often how much further there is till yet to go. Many students in

2019-03-08T10:05:46+00:008th March 2019|Blog, Community, Equality and Diversity, Events, Leadership, Yorkshire|

LGBT History Month Bi Role Models

Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an actress, producer, writer, and director. As a child actress, she became well-known for her performance in E.T.. Since then she starred in many films and, along with Nancy Juvonen, has started her own production company, Flower Films. In 2003 in and interview with Contact Music she acknowledged that she is and always has been bi.   Debra Kolodny Debra Kolodny

2019-02-05T17:01:51+00:005th February 2019|Blog, Equality and Diversity, Leadership, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

Touchstone shortlisted for Investors in People Awards 2018

Yorkshire based wellbeing charity Touchstone has been named as a leader in people management practice globally, having been shortlisted in the Excellence in Leadership and Management category of the Investors in People Awards 2018. Alison Lowe, Touchstone's chief executive, said: "I am delighted our philosophy of distributed leadership has been recognised by this award nomination. Everyone is a leader at Touchstone and this acknowledgement from IiP proves this to be the

2020-04-17T10:58:44+01:0019th July 2018|Awards, Leadership, News|

Touchstone's Alison Lowe to address leadership event for women working in higher education

As part of their International Women’s Day 2018 celebrations Leeds Beckett University will be hosting the Aurora + 1 event on 7 March. Aurora + 1 has been designed to give women working at the university an opportunity to hear from expert speakers, panel members and subject matter leaders to help them develop their leadership knowledge and skills and to enable them to share ideas, challenges and successes. Touchstone's Chief

2020-04-17T10:55:06+01:0023rd February 2018|Equality and Diversity, Events, Leadership, News|

Touchstone has been ranked number 1 in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List

The long awaited Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers showcases leading organisations working across all strands of diversity. In recognition of their continued dedication to workplace diversity, Touchstone has once again been ranked first in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List – which lists UK based organisations that promote inclusion across all protected characteristics, throughout each level of employment within an organisation. Powered by The Excellence in Diversity Awards, The Inclusive

2020-04-17T10:51:17+01:006th December 2017|Awards, Blog, Equality and Diversity, Leadership, News|

Why leaders have difficult conversations all the time

A guest blog from Bill Graham of New Wortley Community Centre - originally published on Power to Change. "Discussions must be in-depth, inclusive and sometimes difficult to make things improve." Bill Graham New Wortley Community Centre We have all sat in meetings where we think just by having the right people round the table a solution or a plan will be formed – then walked away disappointed as the conversation

2020-04-17T10:28:31+01:0026th May 2017|Blog, Leadership|