New Chair for Reach Volunteering

Andrew Dent

Reach has appointed a new Chair, Senior Civil Servant Andrew Dent.

Joining him on the Reach Board as its new Treasurer will be experienced financial accountant Graham Warner.

Reach Chief Executive Janet Thorne said, “We are delighted that Andrew is to be our new Chair and Graham our new Treasurer. They bring key management, financial and professional skills and will strengthen our governance as we move to delivering an enhanced and more effective service to charities and professional volunteers. That we can attract leaders of such calibre is a positive indicator of the continuing value of Reach’s unique service to the health of the Third Sector. We are proud that both appointees came from our own register, despite a wide recruitment campaign.”

Andrew Dent said, “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Reach Chair and see it as an excellent opportunity to use the skills and experience I have built in Whitehall to help it develop and thrive for the future.”

Graham Warner said, “Reach is a highly regarded organisation and I look forward as Treasurer to contributing my financial and business experience to further improve its services to charities and volunteers.”

Andrew Dent has spent most of his career at the Home Office where he is currently Director of Passport Operations. Previously he was Head of UK Wide Operations for the London 2012 Olympics including overseeing the Torch Relay, and Deputy Director of the National Asylum Support Service. Between 1997 and 2000 he served as one of The Queen’s Private Secretaries. In 2000, he was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO). He has been Trustee of the Jubilee Walkway Trust since 2004.

Graham Warner, a qualified Chartered Accountant for 35 years, has worked as a finance director and in senior financial reporting roles for a number of leading financial services firms. He has also previously been Treasurer of his local Mencap Society

Andrew and Graham will join the Reach Board with effect from its Annual General Meeting on June 4.

At the AGM Bob Fee will leave the Reach Board after many years of service including the last two as Chairman.

Janet Thorne said, “Bob has served Reach well and his leadership helped us to steer successfully through the sometimes choppy waters that all charities have faced in the last few years of economic strain.”

The board of Reach Trustees from June 4 will be:

  • Andrew Dent (Chair)
  • Graham Warner(Treasurer)
  • Simon Hebditch
  • Mary Selfe
  • Jon Edwards
A retired journalist, Robin now looks after Reach’s press and PR functions on a voluntary basis.
May 23rd, 2013 by