Comic Relief chief steps down after just 21 days

Alex Reid, who began the job on 2 March, is to return to the US to be with her family during the pandemic

Alex Reid
Alex Reid

The chief executive of Comic Relief has stepped down after just 21 days in the role so she can return to the US to be with her family during the coronavirus pandemic.

Alex Reid, who took over at the head of the grant-maker on 2 March, announced today that she would be leaving the role with immediate effect.

Reid, who served as a trustee of Comic Relief for two years before becoming chief executive, is British, but lived in Seattle with her family in her previous role as head of global campaigns at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In a statement, Comic Relief said she had made the decision after careful consideration and to allow the charity to continue to be run from the UK.

Ruth Davison, Comic Relief’s executive director of impact and investment, will take over as acting chief executive until a replacement for Reid can be found.

Davison served as interim chief executive between the departure of the charity’s previous leader, Liz Warner, in December and Reid’s arrival earlier this month.

The charity said in a statement that it hoped Davison would provide “strong and stable leadership during this unique and challenging period”.

Davison said: “The work Comic Relief funds is more relevant than ever during these unprecedented times.

“Our charity remains committed to funding vital projects that help vulnerable people in the UK and internationally as they adapt their services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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