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ECF announces next Chairman

6th September 2018

Essex Community Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicholas Alston CBE DL, as its next Chair of Trustees.

Jonathan Minter DL, the Foundation’s Chair since 2013, will hand over the reins at ECF’s Annual General Meeting in November, having completed eight years on the Board, the maximum term that a Trustee can serve.

Nick, who joined ECF as a Trustee in 2017, was born and raised in Essex and lives in Chelmsford with his wife, Philippa. In 2012, Nick was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner, a role which he says gave him an insight into the vital role of the voluntary sector across the Essex. 

Prior to this, Nick spent 30 years working in national defence and security for which he was appointed a CBE in 1997.  He is also Chair of the Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust and a Trustee of the charity, Open Road.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “Nick has a deep understanding of the voluntary and community sector and the issues that they tackle through their work, as well as seeing the importance of partnership working and philanthropic giving. I am really looking forward to working with him and the Board of Trustees, to implement our new five-year strategic plan that builds on all that the Foundation has achieved to date.”