National Emergencies Trust Welcomes New Trustees and Patron


National Emergencies Trust Welcomes New Trustees and Patron

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) welcomes four new trustees and a new corporate patron to its team to help deliver its future strategy.


The individuals, alongside NatWest Group, join the charity at a critical time in its short history as it builds on insights from its Coronavirus Appeal to create an even stronger response for future emergencies. In particular, their expertise will help to enhance and expand the NET’s distribution networks and build valuable brand awareness.


The four new trustees include:


  • Elizabeth Balgobin – Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, whose research led to the #ChangeCollective expert EDI Panel and strategy. Elizabeth was also a co-opted member of the NET’s Allocations Committee and Equity Scrutiny Group for the duration of the Coronavirus Appeal
  • Jhumar Johnson – Director of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the Open University, where she has led on a number of high profile fundraising and awareness raising initiatives, including raising £60m for its first-ever fundraising campaign and celebrating its 50th anniversary
  • Dalton Leong – Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust. Also, Chartered Companion and Race Advisory committee member of the Chartered Management Institute. Dalton has held governance roles for 26 years and has extensive grant-giving experience, including a role as Managing Director of Global (Radio) Charities & Communities
  • Louise Wilson -A British business leader and Harvard Fellow combining a wealth of Non-Executive experience and international commercial expertise gained at Accenture, The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, as an Entrepreneur and the Client Services Director of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games

NatWest Group joins the NET as a patron, following its significant contribution to the Coronavirus Appeal last year. Its customer and colleague appeal raised £10million for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Alongside the NET’s other patrons, which include Alcimi, Arco, BT, Co-op, Christopher Laing Foundation, DCMS, M&G plc, Sky, Sir Lloyd Dorfman and Tesco, NatWest Group will now play an active role in shaping the NET’s future emergency response. In particular, exploring how each can step forward with their own unique strengths during domestic disasters to create the best outcomes for all those impacted.


General The Lord Richard Dannatt, Chair of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Elizabeth, Jhumar, Dalton and Louise to the Board of Trustees. Their experience, expertise and fresh perspectives are exactly what we need as we get to work in earnest on our brand profile and future appeal strategy.


He continued: “The NatWest Group has already been a fantastic partner to the NET, working as an extension of our team through the Coronavirus Appeal, and raising an incredible sum of money for those in need. I look forward to building on our relationship in their new capacity as a patron of the NET. The support of our patrons will be instrumental this year in shaping our future emergency response.”


Kirsty Britz, Director of Sustainable Banking, NatWest Group, said: ‘We are delighted to become a patron of NET. We are building a bank that is led by its Purpose, this means making a positive contribution to society; helping people, families and communities where we live and work. The work we are doing with NET embodies this. We supported NET’s Coronavirus Appeal last year, raising £10 million which helped to support over 10,000 grassroots charities and organisations. Now, as a patron, we are committed to supporting NET on an ongoing basis, and in their future emergency response.’


Elizabeth Balgobin said: I’m delighted to join the board in longer-term capacity having seen the NET mature during the Coronavirus Appeal. The NET is an agile and responsive organisation, willing to listen to constructive criticism and challenging itself to be and do better. I look forward to working with values-driven colleagues.


Jhumar Johnson said: It is a huge privilege to be joining the NET at this exciting time as the team seeks to build on the lessons learned and significant achievements of 2020. I am honoured to be joining a great team and ready to get stuck in!


Dalton Leong said, “The NET has achieved so much good during the global pandemic, all the more impressive given it was only founded just months earlier. I’m delighted to be joining the Board to help develop the strategy for future appeals.”


Louise Wilson said: “I am delighted to be joining the NET and look forward to contributing towards their incredible mission of providing national support where it is most needed in the years ahead.”


Current NET Trustees, Diana Fawcett and Carol Mack, and Co-Optees Jehangir Malik and Vicky Rosin, will step down at the start of March when the new trustees join the Board.