The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is delighted to announce the appointment of David Howard as Chairman of the Trust.
He replaces outgoing Chairman Hugh Stevenson, who will remain as a trustee with the Charity; which supports young entrepreneurs and postgraduate students in Leicestershire and Rutland.
David is a well-known presence within the counties’ business and education communities, and regularly attends events on behalf of the Charity at institutions including the University of Leicester, De Montfort University and Leicester College.
To assist him in this new role, former solicitor and Charity trustee John Waite has taken on the position of Vice Chairman.
Following his appointment, David said: “I’m delighted to be the new Chair of Trustees for this wonderful charity. In becoming a trustee some years ago, I was a huge admirer of what the Charity stood for and I have enjoyed being involved with an organisation that helps young people in Leicestershire fulfil their potential. I’m looking forward to oversee the continuing excellent work of all our trustees in assisting more entrepreneurs during my term as Chair.
“I feel that Leicester has huge potential with regard to developing enterprise and I’m keen find ways in which the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity can assist more young entrepreneurs, whether they be aspiring creatives or work within a trade, so that they can become their own boss and enhance the business community within our city.”
Former Chairman Hugh Stevenson said: “David has accumulated a wealth of experience in communicating with business owners through his professional experience and years at the Charity, so I’m sure he will do a fantastic job as Chairman. I’m looking forward to seeing David take on this role and lead the Charity in supporting worthwhile ventures – which is its main aim.
“During my tenure I’ve been fortunate enough to see a vast array of successful businesses and students benefit from our help. Initiatives such as our education grants for younger students have also come into place during my time as Chair, which has been very rewarding to see come to fruition.”
Founded in 1542 and named after notable historical benefactor Sir Thomas White, the Charity grants interest-free loans to people aged over 18 and under 35 within Leicestershire and Rutland.
Companies that have developed thanks to assistance from The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity include Barrie Stephen Hair – which now has salons in Leicester, Anstey, Ashby and Narborough, Leicester Running Shop in Clarendon Park, Bossa Café in Leicester and sports marketing agency Soar Media.