9 October 2015
Source: Guide Dogs
Jamie Hambro, the Chairman of James Hambro and Partners, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity Guide Dogs, taking up his appointment on Tuesday, 6 October, 2015.
Having founded and managed a number of successful financial and investment companies, Jamie comes to Guide Dogs with a wealth of Board and business experience. He has previously been Chairman of the Henry Smith Charity; and was Deputy Chairman at the Peabody Trust.
Richard Leaman, Chief Executive of Guide Dogs, said: “We are all delighted to welcome Jamie as our new Chairman. Every hour, another person in the UK loses their sight, and to have someone with the experience, passion and commitment that Jamie brings will be incredibly powerful in helping us ensure that thousands of people living with sight loss are able to live the life they choose, and feel independent and supported in the world. I am really excited to be working with him, and look forward to his fresh perspective and contribution to the work of Guide Dogs.”
Jamie Hambro said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. It is an exciting time to be joining Guide Dogs, as the charity is doing more now than ever before to help people who are blind or partially sighted gain freedom and independence. I look forward to playing my part in making a positive difference to the lives of people living with sight loss.
“I look forward also to meeting everyone involved in Guide Dogs, from those who are supported by us, to partner organisations, and, of course, the charity’s dedicated staff and volunteers, all of whom work so tirelessly on behalf of the thousands of people we support.”
Jamie will take over the role from John Stewart. John has played an invaluable role in developing Guide Dogs over the last few years, and has overseen many significant projects including the collaboration with VISION 2020 UK, work with Microsoft and Future Cities Catapult on Cities Unlocked, and Blind Children UK becoming part of the Guide Dogs family.
Richard Leaman commented: “We are extremely grateful to John for his passion, commitment and expertise.”