I am delighted to take on the role of President of the Grateful Society from Professor Bhupinder Sandhu.
Based on the generosity of donors to the President’s annual appeal to finance its work, the Grateful Society supports volunteer led partner organisations to improve the health, well-being and independence of older people in Bristol and the surrounding areas. These organisations, along with their amazing volunteers, contribute hugely to the wellbeing of older people many of whom are vulnerable and lonely.
Bristol has been my home for the last 36 years since relocating with my wife to join Osborne Clarke as a lawyer. My long career with the firm included various leadership roles and a time in Silicon Valley. To be at the helm of a Bristol based organisation that has become a global leader in advising next generation businesses has been a privilege. Having retired from OC, I continue to use my experience in legal services as Chair of an off-shore law firm and Non-Executive Director of an international law firm. Outside work, I enjoy various sports, food and wine, travel and time with family and friends.
I am a proud ‘adopted’ Bristolian and keen to follow on the admirable work of Past Presidents to both ensure the funds raised are deployed broadly across our many different communities and to maximise our impact by channelling our funding to volunteer led partner organisations, particularly those in their early stages of development. Further details of the partner organisations currently supported by the Grateful Society can be found in the “Who we help” section of the website.
The next Annual President’s Appeal will take place in autumn 2023 and, as ever, the money raised will be spent carefully and efficiently, and quickly when necessary, responding to immediate need without red tape.
Your ongoing support for the charity and its partner organisations is hugely appreciated and will be even more appreciated in the challenging economic times ahead.
President of the Grateful Society