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A new chapter at George House Trust as charity appoints CEO

30 Jul 2020 - 14:51 by michelle.foster

darren knightGeorge House Trust is delighted to announce that its Board of Trustees has appointed Darren Knight as Chief Executive Officer. Since 1985, the organisation has been providing support and advice services to people living with HIV in the North-West.

Darren said: “As someone who has seen the amazing work of George House Trust evolve over the years and the organisation’s excellent record in tackling stigma, providing services, support and influencing change, I’m both delighted and excited to be joining the team.

I’m totally committed to ensuring the work that George House Trust delivers continues to meet the diverse and changing needs of people living with and affected by HIV in my role as Chief Executive.”

Darren has over 14 years’ experience of working in charities and joins George House Trust from Bolton CVS, where he’s been the Chief Executive for the last 5 years.

Darren also worked for Shelter as a Development Manager on the Inspiring Change Manchester programme and spent almost 9 years working for the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (now LGBT Foundation), where he was the Head of Policy and Engagement.

In his spare time, Darren is a Trustee for Lloyds Bank Foundation and Lancashire LGBT, as well as being a volunteer mentor for young people with Bolton Lads and Girls Club and a volunteer befriender for older people with Senior Solutions. He lives in Westhoughton, Bolton with his husband, Andy and their dog Fletcher.

Jo Hancock, Chair of The Trustees said: “I'm delighted to announce the appointment of Darren as the new Chief Executive for George House Trust, and welcome him to the organisation.

Darren will be a strong and passionate leader, and his commitment to the cause will ensure that George House Trust continues to challenge stigma and provide innovative services that meet the needs of our diverse client group.

Colin Armstead, Services Director and Neal Sharpe, Finance Director have acted as Joint Interim Executive Directors since April 2019. I would like to thank them for leading George House Trust with skill and passion during this time.”

Darren’s appointment will commence on 28 September 2020, and Colin and Neal will continue in their respective positions as Services Director and Finance Director.

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