Comic Relief appoints former trustee as its new chief executive

Alex Reid has stepped down from the charity's board in order to take up the role

Alex Reid (Photograph: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Alex Reid (Photograph: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Comic Relief has appointed a former trustee as its new chief executive.

Alex Reid, who is head of global campaigns at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, has spent the past two years as a Comic Relief trustee, but has stepped down from the board in order to take up the chief executive role.

Reid will succeed Liz Warner, who announced in May that she would be stepping down at the end of the year after three years in charge to start a new social enterprise.

Reid, who is British, will return to the UK in order to take up the new role on 2 March.

She has been in her current role since 2015 but has been with the charity since 2010 and helped to launch its European office.

She has also worked at the PR firms Weber Shandwick and Burson-Marsteller, and before that was at Cancer Research UK.

A Comic Relief spokeswoman said Reid would be paid £180,000 a year for her role, which is £15,000 a year more than Warner was paid, according to the charity's most recent annual accounts. 

The charity "engaged a specialist external adviser to ensure staff salaries are benchmarked fairly", the spokeswoman said.

In a statement, Reid said: "I am thrilled to be joining Comic Relief at this exciting moment for the charity and the sector as they reflect on and refresh their role in shaping public opinion.

"In my mind, there could not be a more important time to redefine the narrative of giving in the UK and shape British engagement with the world.

"I can’t wait to take the organisation forward, finding new ways to engage the public to support their communities and make a difference in the world."

Tim Davie, chair of Comic Relief, said: "Having worked with Alex in her role as a trustee, she is supremely talented and dynamic, and she has a wealth of international expertise and experience.

"I look forward to working closely with Alex as she builds on Liz's legacy and leads Comic Relief to even greater success in the future."

Ruth Davison, impact and investment director at the charity, will act as interim chief executive after Warner leaves.

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