Comic Relief chief executive resigns due to coronavirus crisis

23 Mar 2020 News

Alex Reid

Alex Reid, the new chief executive of Comic Relief, has resigned because she is in the United States for the foreseeable future and believes the charity should be run from the UK. 

She had only started the job at the beginning of March. She was previously based in Seattle and had moved to the UK to take up the role. 

Reid announced her decision on Twitter this morning, saying she had gone back to Seattle to be with her family. She said that because it is clear that she will be there for the "foreseeable future", she is standing down so that the charity can be run from the UK. 

She added that it was "deeply disappointing" and wished the charity the best for the future. 

Ruth Davison, who had filled in on an interim basis before Reid joined, has again taken up the role of acting chief executive.

Davison said: "The work Comic Relief funds is more relevant than ever during these unprecedented times. Our charity remains committed to funding vital projects that help vulnerable people in the UK and internationally, as they adapt their services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic." 

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