Comic Relief appoints new CEO

Comic Relief has appointed a former trustee as its new chief executive.

Alex Reid, who is currently the head of global campaigns at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, previously served as a trustee for the charity and will join in March 2020.

She'll be responsible for leading Comic Relief's large portfolio of work including Red Nose Day, plus international and UK charitable projects.

Her appointment follows the announcement that current CEO, Liz Warner is stepping down from her role to work in social enterprise at the end of November after three years at the helm.

Ruth Davison, impact and investment executive director, will act as interim CEO while Reid relocates from Seattle, where she is currently based. Davison will lead the organisation until the beginning of March.

Commenting on her appointment, Reid said: “I am thrilled to be joining Comic Relief at this exciting moment for the charity and the sector as they reflect on and refresh their role in shaping public opinion.

"In my mind, there could not be a more important time to redefine the narrative of giving in the UK and shape British engagement with the world. I can’t wait to take the organisation forward, finding new ways to engage the public to support their communities and make a difference in the world. That’s what’s inspired my whole career – connecting with the world and helping others.”

Trustee and chair of Comic Relief's remuneration and nominations committee, Jacqueline Onalo added: “Comic Relief is at the crossroads of really exciting times in terms of how we engage our different audiences, partners and communities in our commitment to mitigate poverty.

"Warner has paved the way for real transformative change and [Reid] will steward this with her enthusiasm, expertise and commitment. The best leaders are those who believe in learning, sharing and growing together, and [Reid] presents this mix. We look forward to working with her to fulfil our shared vision.”

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