Tom Shropshire becomes Interim Chair of Comic Relief as Eric Salama steps down

21st November 2023

Comic Relief is pleased to announce that Tom Shropshire, a current trustee, has become our new Chair.

Tom, who will succeed Eric Salama as Chair, has been a trustee since 2018 and has most recently acted as the Senior Independent Trustee.

Tom is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Diageo plc and is a Member of the Court of the Bank of England. Tom was formerly a partner at a leading international law firm and has become an internationally recognised leader in governance and sustainability, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.

Eric decided to step down as Chair of Comic Relief, and has brought forward the date of his departure from the previously announced retirement date of March 2024. Eric’s decision relates to a stance being taken on a public issue without any prior consultation with the Board or Eric as Chair.

Tom will be the Chair of Comic Relief on an interim basis until a permanent Chair is appointed in due course. Tom said: “I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the Board and work even more closely with the team at Comic Relief to deliver the charity’s ambitions, and most importantly to have impact and make a real difference on the ground.

“On behalf of the  Board and team at Comic Relief, I would like to thank Eric for all he has done for the charity, including steering Comic Relief through the Covid-19 pandemic and helping to shape our current strategy. We wish Eric well in the future and look forward to having his continued support in the important work being done by Comic Relief and its partners.”