Senior management change at National Emergencies Trust


Senior management change at National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has today announced that their first CEO, John
Herriman, is stepping down to look for a new challenge supporting the voluntary and
community sector as it deals with the longer-term consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.


The National Emergencies Trust was created in response to Charity Commission
recommendations from the high-profile tragedies of 2017. John joined as interim CEO in
February 2019 securing the post full-time in September of the same year. His work ensured that
the charity was both established and ready to respond to any national emergency – a test it has
passed successfully following the launch of its appeal in support of communities impacted by
coronavirus which has, to date, raised nearly £100m.


A passionate believer in the role of the voluntary and community sector, John has put
collaboration at the heart of the way NET operates, making sure it has been able to integrate
effectively into community resilience frameworks and networks. This has been shaped by his
belief that building stronger communities and enabling local capacity lies at the heart of an
effective emergency response

John Herriman said:


“The NET has been a uniquely rewarding challenge over the past 18 months, launching firstly as
a charity and secondly launching its first ever appeal. So much has been enabled and so many
people have been helped and I couldn’t be more proud of the team for making this all possible.
However, now that the majority of the Coronavirus Appeal funds have been distributed, I want
to return to a more conventional charity role focused on tackling some of the longer-term
societal issues caused by the pandemic. And, very importantly, after such an intense six months,
I’m looking forward to having a short break and spending some time with my young family.”

Lord Dannatt, Chair of the NET Board said:


“The Board of Trustees and I would like to thank John for his tireless hard work and leadership
during his time with us and for working with the rest of the senior team to ensure we have been
able to respond effectively to the unprecedented coronavirus emergency. He leaves us in a strong
position with a capable team in the knowledge that NET is now in place for any future
emergency. In the interim the team will be led by John’s former senior colleague and COO,
Mhairi Sharp. We all wish him the very best for the future.”