Anne Benton, Organisational Development Advisor, retired in April 2020, and her colleagues in NHS Forth Valley had planned a themed ‘retirement tea to remember!’ The cake was ordered and outfits bought, but due to Covid -19, like many colleagues who have retired over the last few months, a send off wasn’t possible.

Anyone who worked with Anne over the years will know how passionate she was about staff development, staff engagement and coaching. Her  many coaching clients over the years have achieved great things, helped in part by Anne’s astute ability to encourage them to pursue asking the right questions to enhance their self development. Perhaps her proudest moment came in 2018 when NHS Forth Valley achieved Investors in People Gold.

Anne has been an ardent fundraiser for MacMillan Cancer Support, which has included trekking in Ladakh, walking the West Highland way in 4 days and climbing Ben Nevis, all have which left her colleagues amazed at her tenacity to keep going.

Although her love of live music and Kris Kristofferson is on hold just now, a host of experiences have been lined up by colleagues once lockdown restrictions are eased. She is wished good health and good times in her retirement.

Anne’s role as Organisational Development Adviser, has now been taken over by Karen Gormal, who previously worked with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for 12 years covering a range of HR roles before moving to Police Scotland in 2017 to support their 10 year transformation strategy.

Karen said: “When the opportunity came round to rejoin the NHS working in Forth Valley I jumped at the chance.  The NHS holds a special place in my heart and I enjoy working in the health sector supporting those on the frontline.  I have a keen interest in coaching, vocational qualifications, team coaching and psychometric tools.

“I am really keen to get going and support the organisation move into the new norm following the initial response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”