After 11 years at the helm of leading Whizz-Kidz, a national children’s disability charity, former Chairman of Tesco, Sir David Reid is stepping down and passing the baton to Sir Crispin Davis, a Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline PLC and of Vodafone Group plc. The appointment of the new Chair was confirmed at a meeting of the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, 5th June 2019.
Speaking ahead of his retirement from Whizz-Kidz, Sir David said;
“It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Chairman of Whizz-Kidz over the past 11 years. When you see the remarkable achievements of young wheelchair users when they are able to receive the right mobility equipment at the right time in their lives and the impact that Whizz-Kidz’s Life Skills programme has on these young people and their families, it really puts your own life and challenges in perspective. I am delighted that Sir Crispin, an outstanding business leader and with great experience in the not for profit sector, is taking over from me.”
Whizz-Kidz CEO, Ruth Owen OBE said;
“It’s been an absolute privilege and honour to have been guided by Sir David Reid as Chair of Whizz-Kidz charity for over a third of its existence. Sir David helped transform Whizz-Kidz’s fortunes throughout his tenure through his wealth of business acumen and expertise. His calm and cool head were invaluable and he has always championed the cause of young wheelchair users and we will forever be indebted to Sir David for his passion and commitment to our cause.”
The new Chairman, Sir Crispin said;
“Following a man like Sir David in any circumstance is never going to be easy. However, especially with an organisation as important as Whizz-Kidz which transforms young disabled people’s lives every day, it is particularly challenging. Sir David has always been passionate about the work of Whizz-Kidz and his passion is infectious. I am determined to do my best to help write the next chapter in the exciting history of this special charity, not least as it begins the preparations to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2020.”