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Contact announces new chair of trustees

Friday 8th December 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Chris Carr as our new chair of trustees.

His appointment follows the retirement of Paul Streets from the board of trustees after six years in post.

Chris brings a wealth of experience through his extensive involvement in the charity sector over the last 34 years and in supporting and helping social enterprises over the last 12 years to develop their business models and become better equipped to raise social investment.

Chris spent 16 years as a London corporate finance partner at a major UK accountancy practice before setting up his own corporate finance business in 2003. His day-to-day work has included providing on-going business development advice and financial advice to:

  • An educational business with centres both in the UK and abroad where many students have additional learning support needs
  • A national children's charity, running children's centres and supporting young carers, teenage parents, and families affected by the criminal justice system
  • A hertfordshire-based charity that supports carers in the county

He has also been vice chair of Livability, a national disability charity, where he recently completed his maximum nine year term.

Accepting his role as chair, Chris Carr said:

"It's wonderful to join Contact at such an exciting time as it looks to extend its reach.

"The continuing lack of support for the hundreds of thousands of UK parents caring for a disabled child means that all too often families don't know which way to turn and are left to cope alone.

"Contact is determined to change this and its recent rebrand aims to help the charity reach more families with disabled children sooner - so they can take control of their situation and deal with the challenges they face. This is a fantastic opportunity for Contact to make even more of a positive difference to the lives of families with disabled children.

"I am delighted to be able to help take Contact forward as it begins this new phase in its development and I am looking forward to working with the charity's talented team, to achieve real improvements for the families we work for and with."