Last night the SEL team, board, members and friends turned out to say goodbye to SELite Matt Jarratt. You could argue that most of us would turn up for a drink to the opening of an envelope, but I think it's fair to say we all wanted to give Jarrett a good send-off. Matt has been an outstanding contributor to SEL in the three or so years he has been turning up. I can credit him with building our network to the largest social enterprise membership in the country, to an astonishing 2,400 at the last count. We worked out last night that Matt has organised over 30 events for us, made innumerable friendships with stakeholders (sorry about that), got the message about social enterprise out there including setting up this blog for me (again apologies) and written Transitions, the UK's first and I would argue best guide to public-sector outsourcing. But perhaps most notably he has been a mate to us all – his constancy, diligence and unfailing humour (not bad thing in a SEL member of staff) have been high octane in the SEL tank.
|Matt and June consider the merits of Mei's choice of beer|
But all in all a job very well done. We wish you well Matt and will miss you, especially when it's time to get the next round in. But perhaps now would be a good time to apologise for that photo of you sporting a Kate Middleton face mask while clutching a pint at the Social Enterprise Awards or the one with you catching some downtime in your Slanket (see above) with the moniker 'Valerie', both posted on our website for the staff shot. Who knew you were applying for a posh job?
Talking of which, from next month Matt can be reached at the Fair Weather Rest Home for retired chiropodists located somewhere in the provinces where he will be acting night superintendent until they can find someone qualified. They got our best man.