Una Munro retires from The Mungo Foundation
This week is a poignant one for us as we announce the departure of one of our longest serving colleagues, Una Munro, Director of Operations and Deputy CEO. Following much contemplation and reflection, Una feels that the time has come, after a long career in social care, to have a break and explore other opportunities and interests.
Una has worked for The Mungo Foundation for 29 years and has played a significant role in shaping the organisation. She has held several posts during her career: having done her final placement at Red Tower she returned to the project as an Outreach Worker, developing assessment processes and support groups throughout Glasgow to prepare people for moving into the residential rehabilitation facility. She went on to manage Red Tower, before becoming a Project Manager, Regional Manager, Deputy Director and finally Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive.
Patricia Donnelly, CEO: “Regardless of role, those who know Una describe an individual committed to improving the lives of those who find themselves marginalised, stigmatised, and disadvantaged. Throughout her professional life, Una remained resolute in addressing stigma, calling out the need for change and, undeniably the need to afford those touched by poverty, disability, and addiction the right to live a good life. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I’ve never managed to walk through Glasgow City Centre with her without somebody coming over to say ‘hello,’ ‘thank you’, or to try and tap her for a tenner..!”
"I’ve been so lucky to have had the career that I’ve had - for it all to have been in one organisation is amazing. I’ve taken so much from it over the years. I’m sure it’s quite unusual to thoroughly enjoy what you do."
“Una has been not only a reliable and trusting colleague but to many of us she has been a friend and she will of course be very much missed across the organisation, especially by the people whose lives she touched. However, our loss will be the gain of those involved in the next period of her life; after a lifetime of professional commitment, her family the opportunity to spend more time with her, and of course new colleagues and acquaintances she meets along the way as she embarks on her new adventure.
We will miss you but this isn’t goodbye as we know you will keep in touch. We look forward to welcoming you back for a celebration, once the restrictions permit. In the meantime, thank you for everything you have given to Mungo Foundation.”
Una Munro: “I’ve been so lucky to have had the career that I’ve had – for it all to have been in one organisation is amazing. When I think back, my job’s almost defined me in a way; I’ve taken so much from it over the years. I’m sure it’s quite unusual to thoroughly enjoy what you do. I was able to channel my passion for young people, addictions, and homelessness into developing services in those areas. Then when I became Director I was responsible for Learning Disability, Mental Health and Older People; it was a steep learning curve, but it’s amazing how you can transition. Developing professional relationships with Local Authorities, and responding to their strategic plans was another shift – but at the end of the day it’s all about people.
"Inspired by TheWEL coaching (part of The Mungo Foundation’s wellbeing strategy) and its teachings about being in touch with yourself and understanding your feelings, I’ve taken the decision to pursue roles that will allow me to work more closely with individuals."
A Time for Reflection
“I’m now in a fortunate position where, throughout the pandemic, I’ve been able to re-evaluate my work/life balance. Inspired by TheWEL coaching (part of The Mungo Foundation’s wellbeing strategy) and its teachings about being in touch with yourself and understanding your feelings, I’ve taken the decision to pursue roles that will allow me to work more closely with individuals.
Outside The Mungo Foundation (prior to the pandemic) I was working closely with vulnerable individuals as a mentor. Through reflection I’ve come to understand that I owe it to myself to return to a more hands on, practice-focused role, as this is where I gain most satisfaction. I would like to thank everyone that I’ve worked with across my time with The Mungo Foundation, and encourage any younger staff members to believe that they can have a rich, varied and rewarding career in social care – I know I have.”
On a practical level, Gayle Paterson, Head of Operations, will be taking on the majority of Una’s responsibilities whilst a formal recruitment process takes place to identify a replacement. Una will work closely with her colleagues in the Executive Team to ensure a smooth handover.