Swanswell welcomes Martin Pilgrim to the Board of Trustees

31 March 2014

Former London Councils Chief Executive Martin Pilgrim has been officially welcomed to Swanswell after joining its Board of Trustees.

He brings a wealth of local government policy and financial expertise to the national recovery charity – which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use.

Martin’s a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and worked in local government for over 39 years, initially advising on financial policy issues for authorities and representative bodies including Kent County Council, and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.

He was most recently employed as the Chief Executive of the Association of London Government/London Councils, where he dealt with a wide range of policy issues on behalf of London boroughs, until his retirement in 2007.

Since then, Martin’s been involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations including London Sustainability Exchange (Chair), Family and Childcare Trust (Honorary Treasurer and Trustee) and Young Women’s Trust (Treasurer and Trustee).

He’s also an Honorary Treasurer and Trustee at the Family Rights Group, an Associate at Criticaleye, and a Trustee at The Diana Award – a charity promoting education, citizenship and learning among young people.

Previously he’s held a number of roles at the Prince’s Trust including a Member of the National Advisory Board, and was a Board Member and Chair of the Finance Committee for Film London.

Speaking of his appointment to Swanswell’s Board, Martin said: ‘I’ve been involved with the third sector now for a number of years and decided to join Swanswell because of its vision – after all, achieving a society free from problem alcohol and drug use is a big task, but one it’s not afraid to approach head on.

‘I’m really looking forward to helping Swanswell continue with this ambition and to carry on making a big difference to the lives of thousands of people every year.’

He will join an already very experienced Board of Trustees, who volunteer their time to lead Swanswell’s strategic direction and governance.

Rita Stringfellow, Chair of Swanswell’s Board of Trustees, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Martin to Swanswell and we’re sure he will bring a wealth of financial and policy experience to our Board of Trustees.

It’s a very exciting time to join Swanswell as we continue to develop our services and help even more people change their lives for the better. In 2012/13 alone, we were able to support over ten thousand people with their recovery journey.’

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