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New Chief Financial Officer at Revitalise

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National charity Revitalise has announced the appointment of James Kempton as their new Chief Financial Officer. Coming from a CFO position with executive search firm Erevena Group, James brings 15 years of experience in international professional services and has previously served on the Boards of both Relate and Mencap.

James’ appointment reflects new energy and resource behind Revitalise’s growth ambitions. Already the largest provider of respite holidays for disabled people in the UK, the charity wants to go further, pushing the boundary of what disabled people can expect on holiday, and growing to be within easy reach of every disabled person in the country.

James began his working life as an auditor with Andersen’s in Reading, spending 3 years with the company, becoming ACA qualified and moving to Auckland, New Zealand, before returning to London. He has since worked for EY and Practiv Applied Software before becoming CFO for recruitment firm Saxton Bampfylde, where he spent 10 years.

Revitalise’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Tregelles, said:

“We are very pleased to welcome James as Revitalise’s new Chief Financial Officer. James has gained a wealth of financial experience throughout his career, and I’m looking forward to working with him and the Revitalise Executive team to realise our ambitious growth plans for the charity.”

Commenting on his new appointment, James said:

“I am delighted to be joining a brilliant, important and exciting organisation like Revitalise. I am inspired by the charity’s many years of providing fantastic respite holidays to disabled people and their carers and feel privileged to join the team.”

Mr Kempton joins Revitalise, usually known as the people who create holidays for disabled people and their carers, at a very unusual time in the charity’s history. Unable to provide holidays during the lockdown, the charity has been incredibly successful at adapting itself to the crisis, not just to survive, but to actively join the fight against COVID-19. Two of their holiday centres, Revitalise Netley Waterside House in Hampshire and Revitalise Jubilee Lodge in Essex, are providing all their spaces to the NHS, to help free up hospital beds for people with the COVID-19 virus.

The team is offering their facilities at their third centre, Revitalise Sandpipers in Southport, Merseyside, as a place to stay safe either short or long term, for disabled people no longer able to get the care they need at home. The centre is fully accessible, with equipment including hoists, profiling beds and airflow mattresses. The teams are comprised of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants and they are rated Good by the Care Quality Commission.

Anybody who is worried about whether their care support at home can continue should contact Revitalise, who are able to offer long or short stays with full care support in place. The charity is also offering transportation to those that need it, as well as financial support from their own Revitalise Support Fund. 

Revitalise is proud to be able to support the NHS and help fight the crisis at a time like this, but is looking forward to welcoming guests back for more unforgettable holidays once we all emerge from COVID-19.

The charity’s Vice President Dame Judi Dench recently said:

“It is times like these that make me so proud to be Revitalise’s Vice President. Our wonderful NHS is under a great deal of strain, and during this difficult time, kindness and support will help them to fight the crisis. That is exactly what Revitalise are doing. I know how valuable the work they do for disabled people and their carers are, and I am thrilled to see that they are supporting both disabled people and the NHS during such a critical time.”

For more information on a long or short stay at Revitalise Sandpipers, please visit www.revitalise.org.uk

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