News Jan 2024

CRASH announces new Chair to Board of Trustees

Construction industry charity, CRASH announce changes to its Board of Trustees who will lead the charity to continuing success in 2024.

CRASH relies entirely on the construction industry to help homelessness charities and hospices across the UK with their vital construction and refurbishment projects. Its Board of nine Trustees is composed of professionals from across the industry who give their time and expertise to ensure the strong and effective governance of the charity.

Alan Brookes, Global Chief Executive Officer at Arcadis is stepping down as Chairman following ten years on the charity’s Board. John O’Grady, Commercial Director at VolkerFitzpatrick and current Deputy Chairman of CRASH will step up as Chairman with immediate effect.

Ian Bolster, Business Development Manager at Dalkia UK and Trustee of CRASH for the past six years will succeed John as Deputy Chairman. With a healthy project pipeline moving into 2024, the charity will continue to deliver meaningful social impact to communities across the UK with the help of the construction industry and the people within it.

CRASH was founded in 1996 by the construction industry and relies on the industry for their donations of professional expertise, construction products and generous fundraising to deliver its charity projects.

“It has been a real honour to have worked closely with CRASH for ten years and have the privilege of being appointed as Chairman for the last eight years. The work CRASH does makes a real difference to people and communities at some of the most difficult times in their lives. CRASH really is the construction industry charity, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic organisation. Seeing the work CRASH does to improve quality of life is inspirational and I know John O’Grady will continue the high passion and energy as Chairman and I wish him all the best.”

Alan Brookes

Global Chief Executive Officer

“I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to become Chairman of CRASH. The VolkerFitzpatrick Building division has been a Corporate Patron of the charity for eight years and fully supports its work in assisting homelessness charities and hospices. I am looking forward to working with the Trustees and the CRASH team to develop the strategy for supporting these fantastic charity projects going forward. I would also like to thank Alan for his dedication and leadership to CRASH over the past 10 years.”

John O’Grady

Commercial Director at VolkerFitzpatrick

“Strong governance underpins the success and transparency of every charity and CRASH is fortunate to have a group of talented and committed Trustees. My sincere thanks to Alan Brookes for his devoted service as Chairman and Trustee of CRASH Charity and a warm welcome to John and Ian as the charity’s new Chairman and Deputy.”

Francesca Roberts

Chief Executive at CRASH

“It has been a real honour to have worked closely with CRASH for ten years and have the privilege of being appointed as Chairman for the last eight years. The work CRASH does makes a real difference to people and communities at some of the most difficult times in their lives. CRASH really is the construction industry charity, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic organisation. Seeing the work CRASH does to improve quality of life is inspirational and I know John O’Grady will continue the high passion and energy as Chairman and I wish him all the best.”

Alan Brookes

Global Chief Executive Officer

“I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to become Chairman of CRASH. The VolkerFitzpatrick Building division has been a Corporate Patron of the charity for eight years and fully supports its work in assisting homelessness charities and hospices. I am looking forward to working with the Trustees and the CRASH team to develop the strategy for supporting these fantastic charity projects going forward. I would also like to thank Alan for his dedication and leadership to CRASH over the past 10 years.”

John O’Grady

Commercial Director at VolkerFitzpatrick

“Strong governance underpins the success and transparency of every charity and CRASH is fortunate to have a group of talented and committed Trustees. My sincere thanks to Alan Brookes for his devoted service as Chairman and Trustee of CRASH Charity and a warm welcome to John and Ian as the charity’s new Chairman and Deputy.”

Francesca Roberts

Chief Executive at CRASH

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