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Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust appoints new Chair of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at ACT has appointed a new Chair to lead the charity’s governance.

Press release

25 October 2022

The Board of Trustees at Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) has appointed a new Chair to lead the charity’s governance as it embarks on an exciting next chapter of fundraising and support for Cambridge University Hospitals.

Charles Packshaw

Charles Packshaw joined the Board of Trustees on 1 September, bringing with him experience as the Chair of Trustees at Prostate Cancer UK, and Framlingham College, in Suffolk. He will start his new post on 1 November, replacing the current Acting Chair of Trustees, Dr Mike Knapton.

Mr Packshaw said: “It was an honour to join the ACT Board of Trustees, and an even greater honour to be appointed Chair of Trustees. I am passionate about health, so I am delighted to be involved with a charity that makes such an enormous difference to the patients and staff of Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie.”

ACT Chief Executive, Shelly Thake, said: “I am delighted that Charles has agreed to accept the post of Chair, I am sure he will have a massive impact on the already excellent support and guidance provided by our Board of Trustees, and I look forward to working with Charles over the coming weeks, months, and years.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Dr Mike Knapton who stepped in as Acting Chair of Trustees on 1 April, following the departure of our former Chair, Dr Ros Smith. Mike’s leadership over the last six months has been invaluable, and very much appreciated.”

In addition to his past experience as a trustee, Charles holds two non-executive director posts and has more than 30 years’ experience as a banker at HSBC and at Lazard. Married with three children, the new Chair of Trustees is also a keen cyclist, who earlier this year took on the Ride London 100 challenge for the seventh time. His other interests include tennis and football.

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