There comes a time in all of our lives when you have to say goodbye to somebody you love or respect. Today at Curious Minds we say goodbye to somebody who has been such an important part of Curious Minds since we were established and has helped build the organisation into what it is today.
Today we say farewell to the wonderful Miss Alice Birdwood.
Alice has decided to take the brave step and go on an adventure of discovery to find her next career step. A sabbatical of sorts you could say. She will be dearly missed by us all here at Curious Minds but Curious Minds is a hell of a lot stronger because she has been a part of Curious Minds. We wish her all the luck in the world.
Alice joined the organisation back in 2008, a few months before I started here as well. But even in those few months she had established herself as a leader, a strategic thinker, a collaborator and somebody who was expert in bringing people together from different backgrounds and sectors and making things happen. I have to admit I learnt so much from Alice in my first year at Curious Minds (along with the rest of the team – but Alice especially). Alice over the last four years became the expert in enabling creative collaboration between schools and arts organisations and artists.
Along with the rest of the team Alice led from the front when we lost our late CEO Chris May. She rallied the team, supported us and gave vision and confidence to us all at the most difficult time for Curious Minds. Personally I was helped a lot through those times by Alice. Without her at my side as a friend and colleague I don’t think I would have got through those times.
But personally Alice to me has been my closest friend at Curious Minds. We’ve shared hundreds of car journeys, train journeys and walks up massive hills (i perhaps won’t miss those walks!!). We’ve put the world to rights, we’ve dreamt up ways on how Curious Minds can make a difference to children and young people and schools. We’ve put some of those plans into action, along with plans and vision from all of the rest of the Curious Minds team of course, and we can see that difference in action and the impact of our plans. I know personally I will miss Alice so much. She has been my confidant and mentor. She ultimately has been my best Curious Minds friend.
I know all of us here at Curious Minds will have similar tales to tell of the dynamic Alice Birdwood and all of us will miss her equally.
Wherever Alice ends up after her excellent adventure of discovery I am confident that the organisation she will be with will be stronger because of it. And like all ex Curious Minds staff their new organisations and places of work become just that little bit more Curious and improved.
As the band Bon Jovi once sang “Never Say Goodbye” and Alice this isn’t goodbye this is simply just Ta Ra for now. Good luck from me and all the Curious Minds team.