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​The Marie Collins Foundation has announced that its founder and CEO Tink Palmer MBE is to retire at the end of May 2021.

May 13, 2021

The Marie Collins Foundation has announced that its founder and CEO Tink Palmer MBE is to retire at the end of May 2021.

Since being registered as a charity ten years ago, having been first developed two years earlier by Tink, the MCF has grown and gone on to be a respected global leader in the field of online sexual abuse and the recovery needs of children and young people who are harmed in this way.

Tink had recognised both the differential impact of online sexual abuse and a growing need among professionals for support in how to respond to children and young people who had been targeted via the internet and digital technology.

Her aim was to create an organisation with the skills and experience to work directly with victims and to equip colleagues and agencies with the knowledge and understanding to help survivors recover.

Through training, workshops, presentations and speaking engagements by Tink and the MCF team, many thousands of professionals have been equipped with the skills they required to respond appropriately to child victims.

Importantly, many children and young people, and adults who were abused when they were younger (and their families who have supported them), have received the professional, one-to-one therapy to help them recover and go on to live safe and fulfilling lives.

As CEO, Tink is recognised internationally for her knowledge and expertise, as a guide and mentor.

The MCF’s Chair of Trustees, Karl Hopwood, said: “It is with mixed emotions that I announce Tink’s intention to retire from her position as CEO at the end of May this year.

"After nearly fifty years’ dedication to her work offering services to children and their families, and traveling the world to share that expertise, it is time for her to slow down a little and take some well-earned rest – but we will miss her.

“Retirement has been on the horizon for some time but, typically Tink, she did not feel a global pandemic was the right time to step down. With hope of an imminent end to the current situation, she now feels more comfortable with going.

“Alongside her work, Tink is a devoted wife to Simon, mother and grandmother, with many friends, and it is time for them to have the full benefit of her care, generosity and wisdom. She is stepping down with my personal thanks for her unwavering commitment and with all good wishes from my fellow trustees and the team she has built at the MCF.”

Victoria Green, the MCF’s Director of Services, has been appointed as acting CEO following Tink’s departure while the Trustees continue the recruitment process for a new CEO.

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“It is comforting to see that the Marie Collins Foundation is trying to address the issues of children harmed online and enabling front line practitioners to conduct work with children that is based on relevant research. I will be a regular visitor to the website and will be advertising the charity in the workshops I facilitate.”

Social worker, MCF training attendee

Marie Collins Foundation Partners