New Chairman for Martlets Hospice

New Chairman for Martlets Hospice

The Trustees of the Martlets Hospice in Hove have appointed a former Senior Executive of American Express to be the new Chair of the Hospice. Michael Edwards will take up the position on October 1st, thereby succeeding Roger French who retired from the role earlier this year.

In announcing the appointment, the Acting Chair, John Powell said…
“The Trustees are delighted that Michael Edwards has accepted the invitation to become our new Chair. Michael has had extensive experience in many different fields of business and community affairs. Standard This experience will be a great asset in helping the Martlets Firle Board and Senior Management ensure that the challenges of ever more demanding healthcare and funding landscapes are successfully overcome to the benefit of our future patients and their families.”
In his first statement relating to his appointment Michael Edwards said …”I am delighted to have been invited to take the Chair of the Martlets Hospice.  It is a fact that there are few people in Brighton and Hove who have not heard of the Martlets, and equally true wholesale nfl jerseys that there are many families and individuals in the area who have directly benefitted from the care and compassion of its dedicated staff and volunteers. It is crucially important that the work at the Hospice and all that it does in the community continues, and I feel privileged that I can offer my own support to everyone involved.”

Michael Edwards Profile
Michael Edwards was appointed to the role of interim Chief Executive Officer for Albion in the Community, the charitable arm of Brighton &Hove Albion Football Club in February 2013.
Previously Michael had been Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Network Services for American Express.  During a 24 year career at American Express, Michael worked in many functions, initially in Customer Service and Operations, where he ran the UK Telephone Service Centre, one of the largest in Etiam Europe, and later the UK Merchant and Corporate Servicing Divisions.  Over the last 14 years he has held a series of European general management positions with a focus on the development of markets in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

At the point cheap nba jerseys of his departure from American Express, Michael was Chairman of Alpha Card, the Joint Venture that American Express has with ich BNP Paribas Fortis in Belgium, Vice Chairman of American Express Middle East and a Board Director of two other Joint Ventures: Swisscard (in conjunction with Credit Of Suisse), and American Express Saudi Arabia.   He was also Chairman of American Express wholesale jerseys Group Services Limited and a Board Director of American Express Services Europe Limited.

Before joining American Express, Michael worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East, SEWA and then as a Police Officer in Manchester. Both occupations nurtured a strong interest in contributing towards community life, and over the years he has served as a Board member of the London Tourist Board, a committee member of the Sussex branch of The Lord’s Taverners, the Curry Club of Great Britain, and a trustee of a number of educational foundations.  He also spearheaded American Express’ engagement with Brighton & Hove Albion and Albion in Mal the Community. Whilst he is a season ticket holder at ‘The Amex’, earlier this year he celebrated 50 years as a Wolves supporter.
Michael lives in Brighton with his wife Gillian, and their two children, Natasha (18 years) and Grace (15 years).His interests include football, veteran motor cars, art and marathon running.