We are delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Lake CBE as the next Chairman of the charity.
Our current Chairman, Alex Scott-Barrett, has been a Trustee since Help for Heroes launched and, after ten years of dedicated commitment, is stepping-aside having completed the maximum term permittable as a Trustee.
Michael is very excited about joining Team Help for Heroes. He described his appointment as follows:
“I feel both honoured and excited to be appointed Chair of the Trustees.
Help for Heroes is a charity which I have admired immensely over the last decade having been deeply impressed with the vision set by the Co-Founders and Trustees. The charity supports those with complex and often long-term needs, thanks to the team of excellent staff, passionately committed volunteers, and the generosity of the public.
I look forward to bringing my experience from both the charitable and military sectors, and hope I can help serve our heroes who have been wounded, injured or become sick in the service of our Country in the ways they deserve.”
The search for the next Chairman has been overseen by the Nominations Committee of our Trustees. Our outgoing Chairman, Alex Scott-Barrett, has said this about Michael’s appointment:
“Help for Heroes is committed to supporting those who have been affected by their Military service.
In Michael, we have found someone who has not only personal knowledge of the pressures that come with serving in the Armed Forces, but also significant experience leading, developing and overseeing charities.
As I step aside from my formal role at the organisation, I am sure that with Michael, our Trustees and Team, we will continue seeing the charity go from strength to strength.”
Michael brings significant expertise from within the charity sector, having formerly been a Trustee of the Disaster Emergency Committee and the Charities Aid Foundation, as well as the Director General of Help the Aged for 13 years, prior to his current executive position as the Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society. At Help the Aged, he oversaw a large and complex fundraising, service delivery and grant-making charity. At the end of his tenure, the charity had an income of £80m with a team of over 1,800 working to ensure that care could be delivered.
Prior to this, Michael spent 30 years as an Officer in the British Army.
Mel Waters, CEO of Help for Heroes adds:
“I am delighted that Michael has been appointed the Chairman of Help for Heroes.
Since the charity started, we have directly helped over 17,000 brave men and women, granted over £42million to more than 100 other organisations, and have given over 10,000 grants worth over £12million directly to our beneficiaries.
We have significant ambitions to help even more veterans get the support they deserve, and Michael will be instrumental in guiding the organisation into the future.”