On Monday 19 October, Charlotte Crawley officially retired as director of EAAF and handed over the reins to Amanda Geitner, former curator at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
At a specially arranged tea party with amazing sponge cakes and tea, coffee and wine, a large number of friends and colleagues gathered, testament to Charlotte's popularity. Speeches ensued and Steve Miller pointed out that Charlotte would be a very difficult act to follow. Nichola Johnson, revealed some little known facts about Charlotte's past and some revelations about her ambitions for the future. Chair of EAAF Richard Jewson thanked Charlotte for her inspirational leadership and the safe hands in which EAAF has been managed over the last years.
Charlotte herself spoke about how she would miss the team at the Castle, especially Angela Dunn who has been vital to the smooth running of EAAF, and her husband Henry, without whom she said, she could not have done it. Also present was her daughter Venetia and grand-daughter Rosa with whom she intends to spend more time. But even so, no-one is under the illusion that Charlotte will not be back at the Castle with selected projects and pearls of wisdom. And she and Amanda already have a great working relationship, so i am sure that the retirement will see Charlotte working with the team from time to time.