Corrymeela News


Corrymeela Executive Director Announces Retirement

12 Jun 2017

colinColin Craig Early Retirement

It is with profound appreciation that we are announcing that our Executive Director Colin Craig has decided to take early retirement and will step down from his current role in September.

As Chair of Council and on behalf of the entire community I would like to recognise the terrific contribution Colin has made to Corrymeela over many decades.

Colin has been involved in Corrymeela since the 1970’s ; as a member, as the Ballycastle Centre Director from 1990–2001 and for the last 4 years as our Executive Director. We are deeply grateful for his contribution to Corrymeela and to peace and reconciliation work in Northern Ireland. He has always brought energy, enthusiasm and vision to the organisation and we wish him well for the future.” Kate Pettis.

Despite announcing his early retirement, it will not surprise anyone who knows Colin that he won’t be slowing down completely.

To quote Colin:

“I believe that there is an ever–deepening need for the work of Corrymeela in todays fractured world. It has been a privilege to lead the organisation through a major change process over the last 4 years. While it has been a demanding and taxing time I’ve really enjoyed the challenge. Having developed a strong management team and a new strategic plan to take the organisation forward, I now feel that it is the right time to move on. Despite rumours, I won’t be spending all my time kayaking but will still be involved in training and facilitation work both locally and internationally.  Corrymeela is in my DNA and this is certainly not goodbye as I will support the ongoing work in any way I can in the years to come.”

Colin will continue to lead our organisation until the end of September and between now and then we will have many opportunities to thank Colin in person for his very valued contribution. Over the coming months Council will be instigating a short internal review of our current structures and ways of working to make sure we are best aligned for the years ahead.