Samaritans chief to lead children's hospice charity

Graham Willgoss

Samaritans chief executive David King has been appointed chief executive of Surrey-based children's hospice charity Chase.

King began his career in the voluntary sector as director of finance and administration at the NSPCC in 1988. He moved to Imperial Cancer Research as director of management services in 1996 and became chief executive of Cancer Research UK when the two organisations merged in 2002.

Chase supports families with terminally ill children in south-west London, Surrey and Sussex.

Stephen Walls, chairman of Chase, said: "We are confident Mr King will excel in the current tough fundraising environment."

Former Chase chief executive Chris Robinson left the charity in August to join children's charity Right to Play as chief executive.

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