"It is with regret that I announce that Steve Richards has decided to step down as Chief Executive of Solving Kids’ Cancer and will leave the charity on 14 January 2020.

In the last three years during Steve’s tenure as Chief Executive, Solving Kids’ Cancer has evolved as an organisation and grown in terms of both reach and reputation. Having joined at a difficult time for the charity, we now find ourselves in a much healthier position from which to carry out our work on behalf of children affected by neuroblastoma, particularly through our commitment to clinical research and our unique family support service provision.

Key achievements worthy of special mention include Steve’s leadership of the charity’s strategic review in 2016/17 which brought clarity of purpose to our work; the development of strategic partnerships domestically and internationally which have brought benefits to our families, successful delivery of our flagship Parent Education Conference, and his leadership of the charity in 2018 during the successful campaign that resulted in the anti-GD2 antibody dinutuximab beta being made available free on the NHS for children with neuroblastoma.

The last three years have established strong and stable foundations enabling the charity to plan ahead with greater confidence, and we look forward to working with all our staff, volunteers and supporters to extend and accelerate our collective efforts to help children with neuroblastoma.

We sincerely thank Steve for his dedication and leadership during his time as Chief Executive, he will be remembered for having made an extremely important contribution to the history and evolution of our charity. We wish him every success for the future as he embarks on the next stage of his career.

The Board of Trustees will now take a short pause to consider how best to take the charity forward prior to embarking on a search for a successor to lead the charity through the next stage of its development."

Nicholas Bird, Chair of Trustees, Solving Kids' Cancer.