Time for a new challenge

Daniel Rous, MD at Furniture Plus, who has decided to leave the charity for a new challenge. (Pic by Chris Hinton)
Daniel Rous, MD at Furniture Plus, who has decided to leave the charity for a new challenge. (Pic by Chris Hinton)
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THIS week sees a big change in the life of Fife-based Furniture Plus as its managing director, Daniel Rous, is leaving on Friday.

Having been in the post at the Dysart recycling social enterprise since November 2010, Daniel has now decided it is time for a new challenge and will now hand the reins over to someone else to take the organisation on to the next stage of its existence.

During his tenure at the charity, with the support of his management team and the board of directors, Daniel has overseen the relocation and expansion of Furniture Plus’ Cowdenbeath shop; the expansion of its Dysart base - including the opening of a repair workshop by John Swinney MSP - and more recently, the move from its Inverkeithing warehouse to a new large showroom in Dunfermline.

He admits that it has not all been plain sailing, and there have been a few funding issues which have caused problems especially in the more recent, months, but with the support of its directors, and determination of the staff team, Daniel says Furniture Plus is well equipped to continue its essential work in the Kingdom in terms of reducing waste and helping people get their lives back on track.

On making the difficult decision to leave he said: “This decision has not been an easy one, but that’s what leadership is all about.

“I thought maybe I had another year to go, but I recognise that this is the right time to make the move and allow someone else to take over.

“This is a really exciting organisation and its been a privilege to be at its helm for the last two and a half years or so.

“I will follow its continued development with real interest.”

The board are now embarking on a review of the organisation before embarking on the path of seeking a replacement, to ensure that the right person can be brought into post.

In the meantime, Furniture Plus will keep on collecting unwanted furniture, electrical and household items, making them available to anyone and everyone, and living out its mission of ‘Helping Furnish the People of Fife’.

From its base in Dysart the charity offers low cost or discounted items to anyone, while also delivering employability options through its work and skills based placements and training.

Chairman Noel McKenna thanked Daniel for his all his hard work, saying: “Furniture Plus is in a much better place in the eyes of the public now.

“Links have been made with a range of complementary organisations, both locally and nationally, to ensure that the people who come to Furniture Plus can actually get access to a wide range of help”.