The Harpur Trust has announced that David Steadman will be the charity’s new chief executive from July.
He takes over from current chief executive David Russell, who retires in August after 17 years with the Trust, leading the charity through a period of great change both in its schools and in its involvement in the community.
David Steadman is currently Executive Director of Engagement at national charity Action on Hearing Loss and has substantial experience with children’s and young people’s charities including: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Coram and The Prince’s Trust.
He also co-founded the Alma Primary free school in Whetstone, London and was its first joint chair of Governors.
Murray Stewart, Chair of Trustees, said “David brings a wealth of experience and fresh ideas to The Harpur Trust from his career in the charity sector, and his new colleagues look forward to working with him as we develop our strategy over the coming years.”
Murray Stewart also paid tribute to the outgoing CEO, David Russell: “We are extremely grateful for the outstanding leadership and contribution which David has made to the Trust during his tenure. He leaves the Trust in a strong position as a charity here for the people of Bedford.
A Harpur Trust spokesperson added: “David (Russell) has driven the professionalisation of operations and services across the Trust, whilst playing a leading role in the creation of the Harpur Trust’s grant-making and social investment programme.
“Perhaps his proudest achievement is the transformation into Bedford Academy of the old John Bunyan School, now a successful secondary school in its local community.”