Swanswell welcomes new faces to the Board of Trustees

16 December 2011

Swanswell’s further strengthened its management team after welcoming two new faces to the Board of Trustees.

Leading freelance management consultant and former Political Advisor Seema Malhotra has joined the national charity – which helps people overcome drug, alcohol and other problem behaviour – along with leading financial expert Tom Rutherford.

They have almost 30 years of professional experience between them with particular focus on public policy and the third sector (a profile of both trustees is below).

They have joined an already very experienced Board of Trustees including Chair Mick Wells, Vice Chair Rita Stringfellow and President Dr John Bland.

Mr Wells said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Seema and Tom to our Board of Trustees, and I’m sure they’ll both add a wealth of knowledge to our management team.

Swanswell has a tradition of strong governance and innovative programmes, so their experiences in the private and public sectors will help us build on that even further.

We’re incredibly proud of the dedicated team we have working at Swanswell – from the Board of Trustees to our day-to-day management team and of course frontline and support staff, who all share the same commitment to help people change and be happy.’

The appointments were officially announced at the charity’s general meeting following a short recruitment campaign.

Speaking about her appointment, Seema said: ‘I’m honoured to be joining Swanswell’s Board of Trustees and I’m really looking forward to working with an organisation that constantly works to be at the leading edge of its field.

‘Swanswell’s  commitment to outstanding services and the welfare of its service users is exceptional .

Swanswell is developing some really innovative ways of helping people overcome substance misuse, so I hope I can play my part to help take that forward.’

Tom added: ‘Much of my career has been spent working with charities, so I will bring this experience to the table to help build on the fantastic work Swanswell has already achieved.’

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