Menai Owen-Jones to step down as The Pituitary Foundation’s CEO

Menai Updated Pic CroppedOur current Chief Executive, Menai Owen-Jones will be stepping down from the role in late September after a successful 10 years in post.

Menai was first appointed as CEO in September 2011 and has led the organisation through a period of significant transformational change, growth and improvement over the past decade. Most recently she has also safely led the charity through the unprecedented time of the pandemic.

Menai said: “After a lot of careful consideration and discussions with my Chair and Board, I have decided it is time for me to step down as CEO of The Pituitary Foundation in the autumn.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make. The charity means so much to me and it's been a significant part of my life.  It has been an absolute honour and privilege to lead such a wonderful charity for the past ten years.

“I have met some wonderful people and had some fantastic experiences. I am very proud of what we have collectively achieved, as a united team of staff and volunteers, making a tangible, positive difference to the lives of people affected by pituitary conditions.  The power of collective community spirit at The Pituitary Foundation is very distinctive.”

During the past ten years the charity has grown exponentially in terms of reach, impact and reputation and we are recognised as the leading charity in our field in the UK and internationally.  Over the past eighteen months we have also responded robustly to the challenges of Covid-19, thanks to the generous help of our supporters and members. 

“The Pituitary Foundation is in a very strong position moving forward and I felt that this was a good time for the organisation, and the right time for me personally, to pass on the baton to someone else to take forward this great organisation onto its next stage of development and continue to build on the incredible progress we have made.”

“I will be sad to say goodbye, but I know that The Pituitary Foundation will continue to go on from strength to strength under the leadership of a strong Board of Trustees and the fantastic team of staff, who I will miss greatly.  I’m excited about my next chapter and am looking forward to starting an MSc Econ in Welsh Government and Politics at Cardiff University at the end of September, as well as exploring other opportunities.”

“The Pituitary Foundation serves the most amazing community. I have been very lucky to work with such passionate, dedicated, kind and talented people. I’m very grateful to my Board of Trustees for their support and challenge over the years and thank them for our excellent working relationship.  Thank you also to my brilliant team of staff for being such a pleasure to work with and lead throughout my time at The Pituitary Foundation.  I’m very grateful too to all of our community, including our volunteers, supporters and members for your fantastic support.”

Tom Sumpster, Chair of Trustees: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of The Pituitary Foundation, heartfelt thanks is extended to Menai for her significant contribution over the past 10 years as CEO, in broadening awareness and support to people affected by conditions of the pituitary gland. We wish Menai every success for the future!

“Menai throughout her tenure has demonstrated strong, inspirational and responsible leadership, and along with our team, volunteers, trustees and supporters I’m delighted to say that Menai leaves at a time when The Pituitary Foundation is positioned for an exciting future ahead. I am immensely proud of Menai and the team and the huge efforts made in taking The Foundation to new heights around pituitary awareness though challenging times.

“Whilst we will all miss Menai immensely, we look forward to new positive opportunities to help and support the pituitary community. The Trustees are working closely with Menai on a smooth transition to our new CEO, which we will be advertising shortly.”