Jon Wilson, CEO

Rainbow Centre CEO steps down after seven years at the helm

The Rainbow Centre has announced that its Chief Executive, Jon Wilson, is to step down from his role at the Folkestone-based charity at the end of March.

Jon arrived at the Rainbow Centre in 2011 and has not only seen the Christian charity make a significant impact within the Shepway community, but also develop and adapt its services in the face of unprecedented levels of demand for services.

Of his departure, Jon says:

“It has been a huge privilege to have led the Rainbow Centre’s dedicated and passionate team of management, staff and volunteers. I know that their unending commitment, enthusiasm and tenacity will continue to improve the lives of those suffering depravation and hardship in our community – as indeed it has done since the charity was founded over 30 years ago. Without doubt, working with the Rainbow Centre has been the most enjoyable, challenging – and, certainly, most rewarding – role I have undertaken, and I will look back at my time here with a sense of pride in all that we, collectively, have achieved.”

He continues:

“The organisation has gone from strength to strength, and in a time where demands for services have increased to record levels, as have the complexity and severity of issues faced by our clients. In the last two years, we have successfully restructured services and infrastructure to better help the community we serve, and we have seen our ship steadied by a strong and capable Trustee board, following the sudden death of our former Chair.
I am confident that this is the right time for new leadership to take us to the next stage of our development.”

Sir William Fittal is the Rainbow Centre’s Chair of Trustees.

“Everyone associated with the Rainbow Centre will be sad to hear that Jon’s time as our chief executive is to end at Easter, after seven outstanding years. When he arrived he did, however, say that he would commit himself for seven years and he has been true to his word. There will be an opportunity nearer his departure for us to say more about all that he has achieved in his time here and to show our appreciation. In the meantime, trustees, staff, volunteers and local churches will, I know, want to continue to support him in his last five months in this demanding role. At their next meeting on 13 November the trustees will be discussing the process for finding a successor.”

The Rainbow Centre is a Christian charity that delivers services in Shepway to provide support and hope to individuals and families experiencing deprivation or hardship.