Following the announcement last month that the current chair of the board of trustees of The Haemochromatosis Society, Howard Don, is to step down after completing his elected term, the charity is delighted to confirm that trustee Corrina Towers has been elected as the new chair on an interim basis.
Corrina will take up the post on April 14 at the charity’s AGM in London.
The board have chosen to elect an interim chair from their existing number in order to ensure a smooth transition. Corrina will take on the post for an initial six-month period during which time the board will be seeking to add to their number, and also develop a Secretary and Vice-Chair role to work alongside the existing posts of Chair and Treasurer.
“I’m delighted to take up the reins on an interim basis”, said Corrina. “We need some time to write formal terms of reference for the two new roles and to determine how the four officers will then work with each other and with our Chief Executive in the future. I see it as my job to take the board through this important phase of development whilst supporting our executive team in delivering our plans for a very busy 2018.”
David Head, Chief Executive at THS, added “I look forward to supporting our interim chair, the five other existing trustees, and new ones as they join. I know from working with Corrina over the last couple of years on various project ideas that she has great aspirations for the charity and is very committed to our success; she already gives a lot of time as a trustee”.
Trustees join the board for a term of three years but can then stand for re-election if they wish. Corrina joined the board in 2016 having been diagnosed with GH in December 2014. She works full time and lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and stepchildren.
Outgoing chair Howard Don commented “I’m really pleased that for this important period that there will be continuity of leadership, and I entirely endorse Corrina as interim chair. I have worked with her on several projects and have no doubt she is the right person to guide the Society through the next phase of its development. The vote to approve this was unanimous, which was unsurprising but still welcome as a very positive vote of confidence in her at the start of her term. I feel I can step down safe in the knowledge that the society is in good hands”.