It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Henson.

Gill was the first Chief Executive of Sova, a position she held from 1988 until retirement in 2009. Gill began working for Sova as a project manager in 1985.

Throughout her 22 year tenure as Chief Executive, Gill contributed significantly to the values and skills which have come to characterise Sova as an organisation.  These have been instrumental in establishing Sova as one of the voluntary sector agencies most committed to supporting offenders, ex-offenders and other vulnerable groups.

Gill was also responsible for continuing to promote the ethic of volunteering, which originally inspired the creation of Sova in the 1970s – and remains so important within our society today.

In her time as CEO Gill grew Sova from an organisation with a turnover of less than £500,000 to an organisation which – at its peak – was turning over in excess of £10 million.

Everyone at Sova will remember Gill as a committed and approachable leader, as well as an excellent networker – championing the work of Sova whenever she had the chance. She showed a genuine care and an interest in our people – our service users, volunteers and staff.

Gill will also be remembered for her work as a trustee for Skills for Justice and Fairbridge, as well as her tireless work as a volunteer with the Samaritans.

Gill will be missed by all at Sova and beyond.