Swanswell welcomes new trustees

18 January 2011

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, is delighted to welcome two new members to the Board of Trustees.

Richard Fass and James Watkins join an already very experienced board – which includes TV presenter Maggie Philbin and Professor Kevin Warwick – who have overall responsibility for Swanswell and ensuring it fulfils its ambition to help people change and be happy. 

The successful candidates bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Richard is a Chartered Accountant, has spent much of his time as an Executive and Non-Executive board member with various organisations such as Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust, was Managing Director of the Jewish Chronicle newspaper and has worked with a number of charities including the Alzheimer’s Society.

James is an Executive Director for  Business Voice WM, a former advisor to the Japanese government, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and offers much experience in research and public policy.

Commenting on his appointment to the Board of Trustees at Swanswell, Richard said: ‘I’m delighted to be part of Swanswell’s forward-thinking and imaginative team, who continue to come up with exciting ideas to help people change and be happy.’

James added: ‘Swanswell provides critical services that families across the country need. It’s Swanswell that’s working in our local communities to help people recover from problems with drug or alcohol misuse - and so provide people with new hope in their lives.

‘I’m delighted that I can contribute to the fantastic team we have at Swanswell. We're committed, we work hard - and we’re making a difference.’

Mick Wells, Chairman of Swanswell’s Board of Trustees, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Richard and James to the Board of Trustees at Swanswell and their experience will complement the hugely talented team we already have.

They join us at a very exciting time for Swanswell. We’re implementing a number of new services, exploring exciting opportunities not only locally and nationally but also internationally, and continuing to help improve people’s lives.’

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