Chair of Trustees, Juliet Hughes-Hallett to step down as Chair and become Honorary President

Smart Works would like to pay tribute to Juliet Hughes-Hallett as it is announced that she will be taking on the new role of Honorary President and stepping down as Chair of the Charity in Spring 2021.  Juliet co-founded Smart Works in September 2013, and has been the founding Chair since that date.

Juliet will remain actively involved in the Charity and become Honorary President once her successor has been announced.

Juliet’s passion for Smart Works began in the dressing room, where she started as a volunteer and saw first-hand the life changing impact of the service. Driven by the vision of helping more women, Juliet has led the Charity through a period of significant growth, from one centre in London to eight across the UK, helping 4000 women each year with the tools they need to transform their lives.

Throughout all of this time, Juliet has remained a regular dressing volunteer and remains passionate about our volunteers and most of all, our clients, which will continue in her new role as Honorary President.

The search for a new Chair will launch shortly, with the intention to make an appointment by April 2021.

Patron of the Charity, Betty Jackson CBE, said,

“Jules is one of the most dynamic, energetic and inspirational women I have ever had the privilege to meet. As a founder Patron and under Juliet’s visionary leadership I have witnessed Smart Works go from being a very small local organisation to the hugely exciting national enterprise it is today, helping over 17,000 disadvantaged women back into the workplace. That is down to Jules’s passion and leadership and I am so pleased the Charity will continue to have her support as Honorary President.”

Smart Works Chief Executive, Kate Stephens said,

“When I started as CEO, Jules promised me it would be fun every day. I can honestly say that Jules has delivered this for me and everyone within the Smart Works family. Her insight, energy and indefatigable optimism have been our inspiration whilst her bravery, compassion and empathy  mean we have never forgotten that our clients must sit at the heart of everything we do. I am so proud to have worked with Jules and am looking forward to this next exciting stage as our new President.”

Juliet Hughes Hallett said,

“Smart Works is and will continue to be the most helpful and wonderful creation I have ever been involved with. Bravery, good judgement and a fierce need to help women back to work nationwide have driven us to create the Smart Works that operates today. I am looking forward to seeing a new Chair take up the reins and remain utterly committed to supporting our charity in every way that I can going forward.”