THE chairman of Naomi House is to step down from the role after 21 years with the children’s hospice.
Professor Khalid Aziz has served the maximum term permitted by the charity’s rules and will be stepping down during the hospice’s AGM which takes place in September.
Naomi House, near Winchester, helps children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families – including those from the Portsmouth area.
Prof Aziz first joined the charity in 1992 – five years before the hospice opened.
He was later chosen by fellow trustees to become chairman in 1999.
Jonny Grew, deputy chairman of Naomi House, said: ‘As a trustee and deputy chairman, I have seen Khalid chair the Naomi House Board with outstanding leadership for more than 20 years.
‘He has overseen two very successful appeals and the building of both Naomi House and Jacksplace.
‘He has never shirked from grasping some of the challenging nettles that have appeared during this extensive period of public service to all the children, young adults and families that have benefitted from his diligence.’
Prof Aziz will be taking up the role of chairman for disability charity Enham.
Now the hunt is on for an inspirational leader to take over where Prof Aziz left off, and continue to drive the charity forward.
As well as leading an existing strong board, and working alongside the chief executive to implement new ideas, the chairman takes responsibility for the governance of the charity and ensures Naomi House acts in accordance with its constitution and standing orders.
To find out more about the role, visit naomihouse.org.uk.