Compaid appoints new Chairman in its 30th year

The Board of Compaid have appointed John Ashelford as its new Chair of Trustees. John succeeds Chris Langridge, who stood down at the Annual General Meeting on 17 October after five years as Chairman and 20 years on the Compaid Board.

John brings over 20 years’ experience from working with national and local charities in cancer research, children’s services and more recently as CEO of Hospice in the Weald and Burrswood Hospital. John was formerly Chairman of Kent LINk, the forerunner of Kent HealthWatch, and is currently a Trustee to three local charitable organisations.

John commented: “I feel very honoured to have been asked by the Trustees to be Chairman and welcome the opportunity to bring my experience to the team. It is clear that the Charity provides a greatly valued and vital service to the community and this is only possible by the dedication and skills of all the staff and volunteers involved and the continued and generous support of many others.”

Stephen Elsden, Chief Executive, said: “All at Compaid wish to express their deep gratitude to Chris for all his dedication and guidance over twenty years. His wise leadership and commitment has helped the charity develop its excellent services which are provided today. I now look forward to working with John to develop Compaid further.”

At the same meeting, Fiona Condron, a Director at BDO, was also confirmed as Compaid’s new Treasurer.