HARP Set to Appoint a New Chair of Trustees – HARP

HARP Set to Appoint a New Chair of Trustees – HARP

HARP, Southend’s homeless charity, are set to appoint a new Chair of Trustees at its forthcoming Annual General Meeting on 13th December. After 16 years of dedicated service to HARP, Richard Hair is stepping down as the Chair of Trustees, with the plan for him to be succeeded by Michael Raffan.

Outgoing Chair Richard Hair said: “These past 16 years at HARP have been remarkable, but it is now time for me to retire. It has been an absolute privilege to work with such an extraordinary team and see the amazing work that happens at HARP. It is lovely to see how much HARP has grown over the years and what a huge difference the Charity makes to so many people’s lives.”

As the Charity bids a farewell to Richard Hair, they welcome the new Chair of Trustees, Michael Raffan. Michael is a solicitor and partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a leading international law firm. He has a great deal of experience supporting organisations with governance, is local to the Southend area and has supported HARP for nearly 20 years.

HARP is confident that, with Michael as incoming Chair, the fantastic progress achieved under Richard Hair’s stewardship will continue, allowing the Charity to move forward and deliver more exciting new projects and services for local people affected by homelessness in the Southend area.

Michael Raffan says: “I am thrilled to have been selected to follow on from Richard as HARP’s future Chair of Trustees. I am looking forward to making a contribution to HARP’s fabulous work and supporting Chief Executive Jackie Bliss and her team, who all do amazing work supporting vulnerable people in the town.”

You can find out more about the Charity and what it does on HARP’s website at www.harpsouthend.org.uk

Jamie Langstone
JLangstone@savs-southend.co.uk