Saphié Ashtiany appointed chair of the Nationwide Foundation

The Nationwide Foundation is delighted to announce that Saphié Ashtiany has been appointed to chair its board of trustees.

Saphié takes over the role from Ben Stimson, who has completed his term as a Nationwide Foundation trustee. Ben was on the board of the Nationwide Foundation for 10 years, holding the role of chair for the last six years.

Saphié is the principal of Ashtiany Associates, a small consultancy specialising in equality law and working predominantly with institutional and charitable bodies. She is also a visiting professorial fellow at Queen Mary University of London, researching aspects of equality law.

Alongside her role as chair of the Nationwide Foundation, she also holds other trusteeships, including at Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and Equal Rights Trust.

In addition to the welcoming its new chair, the Nationwide Foundation has also has appointed two new trustees:

  • Terrie Alafat, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Judith McNeill, former Grants Director of Comic Relief

Leigh Pearce, Chief Executive of the Nationwide Foundation says: “We are delighted to have Saphié Ashtiany on our board as our new chair and also to welcome Judith McNeill and Terrie Alafat as two new trustees. Saphié’s extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector and her commitment to equality and social justice will be of enormous benefit to us as we consider our strategic approach and how we influence to make change happen. I am sure that all three of our new trustees will make a valuable contribution, as we continue to deliver on our aim to increase the availability of decent, affordable homes for people in housing need.”

Saphié Ashtiany, Chair of the Nationwide Foundation says: “I look forward to continuing to drive and deliver the Nationwide Foundation’s Decent Affordable Homes strategy.”

Saphié Ashtiany was appointed as a trustee of the Nationwide Foundation on 12 July 2018. Ben Stimson retired from the board of the Nationwide Foundation and from the role of chair on 14 September 2018. Saphié was appointed to the board on 12 July 2018 and to the chair on 14 September 2018.

Juliet Cockram and Martin Coppack retired as trustees in June 2018 after both serving their maximum terms. Judith McNeill was appointed on 6 September 2018 and Terrie Alafat was appointed on 15 September 2018.

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