After no less than 14 years on the board of the company, Oliver Fryer finally resigned at our board meeting on Thursday night. It will take a few days to sort out the formalities - but it feels a bit like the end of an era! Now only Peter Scott and I are left from those original meetings, all that time ago!
Still, it feels like he's leaving on a high - and it's not for any negative reason. In fact, it really is to spend more time with his wife and family. Yes, honestly, it is.
The board of a charitable company is a strange thing. Officially it has all the power. In practice, as unpaid trustees, its members are involved with the company as volunteers, and so don't do much of the hands-on work. But this group of people is really valuable, as much as anything for expertise and advice. Oliver's been our legal presence - and he's said that he'll carry on giving us legal thoughts, so in many ways we aren't losing him. But it's good to have the chance to say how great he's been over a very long time!