Save the Children appoints interim chair

Charles Steel, who has been a trustee since last February, temporarily replaces Peter Bennett-Jones, who stood down early after making comments at odds with the charity's review of its working culture

Charles Steel
Charles Steel

Save the Children UK has appointed an interim chair from within its board of trustees after its previous chair stepped down early.

The charity said today that the investment expert Charles Steel, who has been a Save trustee since February, had become interim chair after the departure of Peter Bennett-Jones.

Bennett-Jones stepped down after making comments to staff that could be seen as being at odds with the charity’s review of its working culture, the charity said last month.

Bennett-Jones, who had been a trustee of the charity since February 2015 and chair since September 2015, had planned to stand down from the role later in 2019 but decided to bring forward his departure to January after an investigation into comments he had made at a meeting with staff.

The charity said Steel, who is a partner at the investment firm Ares Management, had more than 20 years’ experience as an investor in medium and large-sized companies.

He lived in the Middle East from 2010 to 2012 when he was an adviser at the Office of the Quartet Representative, which focuses on economic and institutional development in the West Bank and Gaza.

Steel said he was honoured to take up the role, particularly in the charity’s centenary year. "One only has to look at the unfolding disaster in Yemen to know that Save the Children’s work in helping vulnerable children is as important as it has ever been," he said.

It is not yet clear how long it will take the charity to appoint a long-term chair.

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