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Say hello to the new British Red Cross chairman

14 November 2012

Portrait photo of Sir Charles Allen CBE

The British Red Cross has appointed Sir Charles Allen CBE as the next chairman of the board of trustees.

Sir Charles will bring a wealth of experience to the British Red Cross, having previously held senior roles across a wide array of sectors – including the television, music, retail, manufacturing, technology, leisure and hotel industries.

He is currently chairman of the Global Radio Group, the largest commercial radio group in the country. He is also a senior advisor at Goldman Sachs, a non-executive director at Virgin Media and chairman of the Two Sisters Food Group.

Influential figure

Sir Charles was knighted earlier this year for his services to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2003.

Current chairman James Cochrane will step down on 31 December 2012 having completed two terms in the post. Sir Charles will take up the mantle the next day.

‘Wealth of experience’

Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive, said: “James has been a magnificent asset for the Red Cross over the past six years and it’s always sad when a trusted friend moves on.”

“However, Sir Charles is ideally placed to build on James’ good work. Not only does bring a huge range of experience and knowledge to the role, he also shares our values and vision, and I’m greatly looking forward to working with him.”

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