Neil Goulden appointed as our new Chair of Trustees

Neil Goulden has been appointed Chairman of Trustees for Sue Ryder following a formal selection process.

Neil has served as a trustee at Sue Ryder for four years and is currently the Chair of the Financial and Audit committee. He takes over from the current Chair Roger Paffard on 12 July 2017.

Neil's background

Neil spent 14 years as Group Managing Director, Chief Executive, Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of the Gala Coral Group, who were a major corporate sponsor of Sue Ryder. He stepped down from the company in 2014. Neil was formerly Chief Executive of Allied Leisure plc and has also held board positions at Compass Group and Ladbrokes.

Neil spent 19 years (1997-2016) as Non-Executive Director and Chair of various NHS Trusts (acute hospital and ambulance service).

His key interests are health, housing and education. He is the Chairman of Clarion Housing Association, Chairman of the Governors at Nottingham Trent University and Chairman of Ambitious about Autism, an education charity for children with autism.

Building on Roger's legacy

"Neil’s extensive background has prepared him to take the reins at an exciting time for Sue Ryder," commented Heidi Travis, Chief Executive of Sue Ryder. "He will be instrumental in ensuring that we have the right long-term goals and plans in place to achieve them, as well as helping the charity to achieve its vision so everyone in need of hospice or neurological care lives the fullest life possible."

Neil Goulden, Sue Ryder new Chair of Trustees said: "Having served as a trustee at Sue Ryder for four years, I’m really looking forward to taking on this new role and helping to build on Roger’s legacy to ensure Sue Ryder remains at the forefront of delivering incredible hospice and neurological care."

Roger Paffard will be stepping down as Chair of Trustees in July, after reaching his maximum nine years’ service.

“I will be very sad to be standing down as Chair of Sue Ryder after nine fabulous years," Roger Paffard said. "Sue Ryder will always be very important to me and I am very proud to be associated with such an amazing organisation doing such important work. I am delighted that Neil Goulden will be taking over and confident that the charity is in safe hands with an exceptionally strong and talented executive team and Council of trustees in place."


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