Comic Relief appoints Alex Reid as new Chief Executive

Alex Reid

 

Alex will join the charity from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle where she is the Head of Global Campaigns, leading the Goalkeepers initiative focused on accelerating progress on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Alex has a wealth of charity experience and has previously served as a Trustee to Comic Relief.

Alex is set to start on Monday 2nd March 2020 ahead of Sport Relief on March 13th 2020. She will be responsible for leading Comic Relief's large portfolio of work including Red Nose Day and year round fundraising campaigns, plus international and UK charitable projects and advocacy work.

Liz Warner, the current Chief Executive will leave Comic Relief to work in social enterprise at the end of November after three years at the helm. In the interim period as Alex relocates from Seattle, Ruth Davison, the Impact and Investment Executive Director, will act as Interim CEO and will lead the organisation until Alex's arrival at the start of March.

Alex Reid said: “I am thrilled to be joining Comic Relief at this exciting moment for the charity and the sector as they reflect on and refresh their role in shaping public opinion. In my mind, there could not be a more important time to redefine the narrative of giving in the UK and shape British engagement with the world. I can’t wait to take the organisation forward, finding new ways to engage the public to support their communities and make a difference in the world. That’s what’s inspired my whole career – connecting with the world and helping others.”

Jacqueline Onalo, Trustee and Chair of Comic Relief’s Renumeration and Nominations Committee said: “Comic Relief is at the crossroads of really exciting times in terms of how we engage our different audiences, partners and communities in our commitment to mitigate poverty. Liz Warner has paved the way for real transformative change and Alex will steward this with her enthusiasm, expertise and commitment. The best leaders are those who believe in learning, sharing and growing together, and Alex presents this mix. We look forward to working with her to fulfil our shared vision.”

Tim Davie, Chair of Comic Relief, said: "I'm delighted that Alex Reid is joining Comic Relief as Chief Executive. Having worked with Alex in her role as Trustee, she is supremely talented and dynamic, and she has a wealth of international expertise and experience. I look forward to working closely with Alex as she builds on Liz's legacy and leads Comic Relief to even greater success in the future."