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British Red Cross appoints David Bernstein as new Chair

13 December 2013

For further information contact:
Lucy Keating 0207 877 7095 /
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The British Red Cross is delighted to announce the appointment of David Bernstein as chair of its board of trustees, with effect from 1 January 2014.

David is a former chair of the Football Association, Wembley Stadium and Manchester City FC. He has served on many company boards including Pentland Group, French Connection and Carluccio’s and is currently chair of fashion company Ted Baker.

A chartered accountant, David’s past charitable and voluntary activities include working with disabled supporters via Level Playing Field and CAFE and with the Prince's Trust on vocational skills.  He is actively involved in pursuing the cause of diversity and equality without discrimination in football.

Mr Bernstein replaces Lord Allen of Kensington as chair, following his recent appointment to the House of Lords.

Paul Taylor, vice chair of the British Red Cross, announcing the appointment, said: “We are delighted to welcome David as our new chair. He brings with him a wealth of experience from the commercial, sporting and voluntary sectors and we are sure he will make a great contribution to our work in the UK and internationally.”

David Bernstein commented: “I am greatly honoured to have been appointed chair of this marvellous organisation, and to have the opportunity of continuing Charles Allen's great work with the board of trustees and senior management team.  I look forward to making a meaningful contribution over the coming years."


For enquiries please contact Lucy Keating, +44 207 877 7095 / 07710 391 703

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The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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