British Red Cross appoints Mike Adamson as permanent chief executive

Adamson has acted up to the role since April, when Sir Nick Young stood down after 13 years at the helm

Mike Adamson
Mike Adamson

The British Red Cross has appointed Mike Adamson as chief executive on a permanent basis. 

Adamson was made acting chief executive in April when Sir Nick Young stepped step down after 13 years.

He has worked for the charity for 15 years and held the post of managing director of operations until his promotion in April. Other previous roles at the charity include head of international programme development, director of the London and south-east region, and director of strategy, planning and information systems.

Before joining the charity, Adamson worked as director of commissioning and primary care at a primary care trust in Gloucestershire for three years, and spent five years as managing director for services at the hearing-loss charity the RNID, now known as Action on Hearing Loss.

The latest accounts for the BRC show that it had an income of £228m and spent almost £232m for the financial year ending December 2013.

Adamson said in statement: "I am honoured to be able to lead the organisation at such an important time. One hundred and fifty years after the Red Cross was founded, it is as relevant now as ever. We are a leading force in the humanitarian sector, providing support to more than a million people in the UK each year, helping them get back on their feet again after an emergency, after discharge from hospital or as a refugee or asylum seeker.

David Bernstein, chair of the British Red Cross, said in a statement that Adamson had been appointed after "a long and rigorous recruitment campaign". He added: "Mike has been instrumental in shaping our new strategy and brings with him his vast experience of our UK and international work, combined with senior experience in the NHS and the commercial sectors. He is very well placed to lead the British Red Cross as we implement our new strategy, Refusing to Ignore People in Crisis."

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