Top Salvation Army role for retired naval officer

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time on October 30. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells

HMS Queen Elizabeth due into Portsmouth next week

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FORMER Royal Navy officer David Scarborough has been appointed to the post of community programme director at The Salvation Army’s Haven Community Centre in Portsmouth.

David takes the helm at the Christian church and charity’s centre in Lake Road this month following his retirement after 30 years of service in the Royal Navy.

He said: ‘I have become very passionate about Portsmouth and its community through my naval service. I am very excited about undertaking his new role and I feel privileged that God has given me the opportunity to serve the local community in this way.’

The Haven Centre received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service in 2007 and the Haven Nursery recently received an ‘outstanding’ grading from Ofsted inspectors.

Major Ced Hills, who runs The Salvation Army at Portsmouth Citadel with his wife Lyn Hills, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome David into his new role. He arrives at an exciting time with our building presently undergoing refurbishment and upgrade.’