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Our chairman and chief executive

David Bernstein David Bernstein stands in front of an artwork depicting the red cross emblem© Info

David is a chartered accountant with a CV that includes non-executive chairman roles at Blacks Leisure Group, French Connection and Sport and Leisure Group. He was also a non-executive director at Carluccio’s and joint chief executive of the Pentland Group. He is currently chairman of Ted Baker.

He has been heavily involved in the football world as chairman of Manchester City, Wembley Stadium and the Football Association. He was recognised in the 2014 New Year Honours list, receiving a CBE for his services to football.

David has recently been appointed to the FIFA taskforce to fight discrimination worldwide.

His work within the charity sector includes the role of president at Level Playing Field and chairman of its European counterpart, Centre for Access to Football in Europe. These charities aim to improve facilities and create a more accessible and inclusive match-day experience for disabled supporters throughout the UK and Europe.

David joined the British Red Cross as chair of the board of trustees in January 2014. 

Mike Adamson
Chief executive

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Mike was acting chief executive from April until October 2014, when he became chief executive. Prior to this, he was managing director of operations, responsible for the leadership of the British Red Cross' UK and international programmes and its advocacy work, overseeing a unified approach to all operations. 

Mike took on this role in October 2010, but he had previously held several other positions in the organisation between 1992 and 2003. These included head of international programme development, director for the London and south-east region, and director of strategy, planning and information systems.

In his years away from the organisation, Mike worked for the National Health Service as director of commissioning and primary care at a Primary Care Trust in Gloucestershire for three years, and spent five years as managing director for services at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID – now Action on Hearing Loss).

Mike is a board member of a regional drug and alcohol charity (Nelson Trust). Mike lives in Gloucestershire with his wife Lorna and two daughters, Eleanor and Sophie. In his spare time he likes to run, cycle and read. He is also a founding member of his local film club.

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