I have today told friends and colleagues at the Fabian Society that I've given notice to take on a new role, so thought I would confirm the news to a wider audience through the blog too.
I have very much enjoyed leading the Fabians - which is one of the reasons I’ve been doing the job for over seven years now – and working with brilliant colleagues on the staff team and across the Fabian Society.
I’m also proud that we have record Fabian membership at any time in our history, which reflects the efforts of those involved in the thriving voluntary sections at every level.
I am excited about my next role, which will be as Director of a new organisation, which has the (provisional) working title Social Justice Communications Agency. This is being created with the support of several foundations and trusts, particularly involved in migration issues.
Its core mission will be to challenge and shift hostile public attitudes towards migrants and immigration. That may not necessarily be the easiest of public arguments to win, but it is a vital agenda and it connects several issues – identity and integration, fairness and economics, domestic and global social justice issues – which regular readers will know are particular interests of mine.
Some of my current thinking about those issues was reflected in my recent speech in Barcelona on integration and immigration across the EU.
I will be at the Fabians this Spring, and the Fabian Society website will have details within the next week or so of the open recruitment process for my successor - and we will flag those up on the blog when they are published. I’ll miss the job – but will look forward to keeping in contact with many Fabian friends, and to the Society thriving under new leadership.