National charity Revitalise has announced the appointment of George Blunden as their Chairman. As a former Chair of Charity Bank, with a strong background in both social enterprise and finance, George represents an opportunity for Revitalise to boost their growth plans. His expertise and influence will enable them to reach and support many more disabled people and carers with a vital break.
George began working life as an adventure playground worker before establishing his career in the banking, investments and insurance sectors where he has held a number of senior executive and non-executive positions including with Warburg Securities, Union PLC and insurers Beazley PLC.
For the last nine years, he has been the Chair of Charity Bank, the specialist retail bank which lends to charities and social enterprises, and has chaired housing associations Stonewater Housing Association, and Southern Housing Association. He continues as a non-executive director of the Lloyd’s subsidiary of Beazley and has recently become chair of The Housing Finance Corporation which funds social housing.
Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive of Revitalise, said:
“We are delighted to have appointed George as our new Chairman and welcome him during an exciting time for Revitalise. George has gained a wealth of financial experience throughout his career and we look forward to working together with him to take Revitalise to the next level on its 57-year journey.
“We would also like to thank our outgoing Chairman Mindy Sawhney for an incredible 17 years of service. She has always been resolute in her determination to reach as many disabled people and carers as she can. She has been at the very heart of the Revitalise club throughout that time, pushing the boundaries of what an accessible holiday means, securing funding for more of the people who so deserve it, and above all putting our guests first in everything that we do. All of us at Revitalise are proud to continue and build on that work.”
Commenting on his appointment, George said:
“I am heartened by the work that Revitalise does day in day out and feel privileged to have the chance to join the team and help the charity to do more of it. It’s a task that’s full of possibilities and potential, we have made bold changes in our holiday centres, we’re continually striving to improve the holiday experience for our guests, and we’re looking ahead to our vision of Revitalise in the future. I am excited about what comes next, and I know it will mean more and more unforgettable holidays for disabled people and carers.”