Grief Encounter announce the departure of Harold Gittelmon from his role as Chairman after eight years of dedicated service to the organisation. Harold has decided to step down from his position, effective July 2023, but will stay on the board as a Trustee.

During his tenure as Chairman, Harold has been instrumental in shaping Grief Encounter’s mission that no child grieves alone, and his unwavering commitment to supporting bereaved children and young people has been instrumental in advancing our support offering and growth, helping countless families navigate their grief.

Under Harold’s guidance, Grief Encounter has experienced significant change, from National expansion, allowing us to reach even more individuals in need, to leadership structure and change in ways of working due to Covid-19. His strategic vision, unrivalled experienced, compassion and empathy, has enabled us to develop, professionalise and forge valuable partnerships.

“We are sad to see Harold leave us as Chair of Trustees after an incredible seven years of service. We, as a charity, cannot thank him enough for helping steer us through unprecedented change, including huge national events such as Grenfell and Covid-19, and through an ever-changing landscape. His support and advice have been invaluable. We wish him luck with all his future endeavours.” Suzy Turner-Jones, CEO, Grief Encounter

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Harold for his remarkable dedication, wisdom, and invaluable contributions throughout his time with us. His impact on the charity and the lives of those we serve, will be felt for years to come.

In this departure, the Board of Trustees begin the process of identifying a new Chair who will carry on Harold’s legacy and lead Grief Encounter into its next chapter. We are committed to ensuring a smooth transition and maintaining the high standards of care and support that Harold has helped establish. In the meantime, Alan Bloom, who has been on the Board of Trustees for three years, will step up to Interim Chairman.