Samaritans chief executive resigns

Dominic Rudd has stepped down for personal reasons

The chief executive of Samaritans has resigned with immediate effect because of personal reasons.

Dominic Rudd did not return to work after the Christmas break and handed in his resignation on 30 January, according to Sophie Andrews, chair of Samaritans.

Andrews declined to give the exact reasons for Rudd's departure, but said she had been aware of his situation before his resignation. Rudd had been with the organisation for just under two years.

"Dominic Rudd has made a decision to resign as chief executive of Samaritans and his last day was Friday 30 January," said Andrews. "Over the past 22 months, Dominic had a huge respect for the work and commitment of Samaritans and worked hard to connect with volunteers, visiting branches and regions and working as a listening volunteer at our Horsham branch."

Peter Collins, director of finance and infrastructure at the charity, has also handed in his resignation. Collins' decision was announced on 4 February and he will leave on 30 April. Andrews said there was no link between the two resignations. Collins does not have another position to move on to.

"Peter has been at Samaritans for more than four years and is leaving because he wants to gain more experience in the charity sector – this was his first job in the sector," said Andrews.

"He has been looking for a new challenge for a while now and, with the announcement of Dominic's resignation, felt he could use the opportunity to move elsewhere, allowing the new chief executive to build a permanent team. Beyond this, the two resignations are not linked."

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