THE children’s charity Lumos has announced the appointment of Carol Copland as its new Chair of Trustees. Carol succeeds outgoing Chair Neil Blair, who has served since 2013.
Carol, who has served on Lumos’ Board of Trustees since 2017, runs her own legal practice and acts as General Counsel for companies and charities. A commercial lawyer with over 20 years of experience, Carol has significant experience of working with international companies across a number of sectors.
Carol takes up her post at a time of renewed focus for the charity, which was founded in 2005 to end the harmful institutionalisation of children around the world. Last year the charity embarked on a new strategic direction and this June appointed Peter McDermott as its Chief Executive.
Previously, Carol served on the Executive Committee at Metaswitch Networks Ltd and has also held roles at The Qualification and Curriculum Authority, the Examinations and Appeals Board, and at Linklaters.
Chair of Lumos, Carol Copland said:
“I’m delighted to be taking up the role as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lumos and look forward to progressing our mission to transform the lives of children separated from their families around the world.”
CEO of Lumos, Peter McDermott said:
“We welcome Carol as our new Chair of the board of trustees, bringing a wealth of professional experience and understanding of our work. Our enormous thanks go to outgoing Chair, Neil Blair, for his commitment and leadership during his tenure.”
Outgoing Chair of Lumos, Neil Blair said:
“It has been an honour to serve as Chair for the past eight years and play a part in the incredible work Lumos does to protect and reunite families. The COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, means that more families are facing separation than ever – Lumos’ mission to keep families together has never been more important. I wish Carol all the best in her new role at this critical time for action to protect vulnerable children around the world.”