Age UK appoints new CEO and chairman

Written by Lauren Weymouth

Age UK has appointed Steph Harland as its new chief executive officer and Sir Brian Pomeroy as the new chair of trustees.

Harland has been acting CEO at Age UK since September, prior to which she was deputy CEO. The appointment follows a competitive process at the end of last year and will commence with immediate effect.

In February, Harland will be joined by Sir Brian Pomeroy, who has been appointed as the next chairman of the Age UK board of trustees. He will take on the role when the current chair, Dianne Jeffrey, reaches the end of her final term.

Pomeroy joined the board as a trustee in 2017, having held many significant positions at charities, think-tanks, government commissions and taskforces.

Commenting on Harland’s appointment, Jeffrey said: “We are delighted at this appointment. Steph has an enviable track record at Age UK and the Recruitment Panel was extremely impressed by Steph’s vision and strategy for the future, as well as her passion for keeping those in later life at the heart of Age UK’s work. We have no doubt that she will be a strong and inspiring leader and that Age UK and its people will thrive under her leadership.”

Harland added: “As a person who is passionate about supporting older people, I’ve always been exceptionally proud to work for Age UK and of our role at the heart of a network of charities across the UK and around the world who share our determination to ensure that older people can love their later life. And so, I feel very honoured to be chosen to lead Age UK into the future."

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