Following the completion of her five-year term, Trixie Brenninkmeijer has stepped down as Arise Chair of Trustees.
Trixie’s term saw Arise open offices in Albania, Nigeria and the Philippines, and provide direct support and opportunities to tens of thousands of families at risk of slavery. Trixie also oversaw the arrival of current CEO, Martin Foley, and Director of Programmes, Angela Proctor. Her successor as Chair is Kevin Hyland OBE, the former UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Read more about Kevin's appointment here.
Above: Trixie Brenninkmeijer, outgoing Arise Chair of Trustees.
Following the retirement of Trixie Brenninkmeijer as Arise Chair of Trustees, Martin Foley, CEO, commented as follows:
“On behalf of the Arise team, here in the UK and overseas, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Trixie for her outstanding leadership during her tenure as Chair. Trixie’s passion for our vision of a world without slavery and human trafficking, in which the dignity of every person is respected, shone through in all her work with Arise. At all times, through her engagement with beneficiaries, supporters, staff and trustees, she embodied our values of respect for human dignity, humility and trust. Trixie’s strong pastoral approach meant that she ensured that the interests of those we serve should be our paramount concern, driving all our decisions. Arise is immensely grateful for her contribution to our mission.”
Above: Trixie in Damruhat in March 2019, with Arise partners Sr Jessy Maria and Sr Prema.
Sr Deirdre Mullan RSM, fellow trustee, said the following:
"All during the time I worked with Trixie as a trustee, I knew I was working with a woman of substance who walked the talk. From the beginning of her tenure as our Chair she embraced the position with diligence, compassion and a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. Trixie is a woman of the Gospel and embodies Mary of the Visitation, going haste where there is need."
Tove van Lennep, Head of Communications and Relationships, said:
“Thank you, Trixie, for your outstanding contribution to our work against slavery and human trafficking. From the outset, you have been a true champion of Arise. You have known and embodied our mission, and strengthened us through a period of remarkable growth and maturity. You have supported our staff with integrity, courage, compassion and resilience, and we wish you the very best in your next chapter.”
Sr Sherly Thomas, India Coordinator, said:
"I want to express my sincere appreciation for Trixie’s exceptional commitment and dedication. Her guidance and direction as Arise Chair have been instrumental, and I would like to personally thank her for her valuable input into the development of our mission, vision, and strategy. Her influence and wisdom have been an inspiration to our global team, and I deeply value her insights.
Thank you, Trixie, for being a mentor and a guide. I have personally witnessed your unique combination of vision and understanding, which are essential qualities for an effective leader. Your time, dedication, and contributions have greatly advanced our collective understanding. I give you special thanks for your caring and faithful service. In the words of Melody Beattie, "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." I look forward to our continued journey together in an inclusive environment. May God bless and guide you, providing strength, wisdom, and favour in every step you take."
Anxhela Bruci, Albania Coordinator, said:
“There are no words to express the gratitude and appreciation we have for your commitment, which have been hugely important as Arise has grown and accomplished more and more. Your leadership will remain a source of inspiration for us - thank you for all that you do, and I wish that your next steps are filled with joy and fulfilment.”
Above: Trixie with Arise Head of Communications Tove van Lennep, and former COO Jess Templeman.