The economist and financial journalist JP Rangaswami joined the Board of Trustees at Cumberland Lodge this month.

JP is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc and of Allfunds Bank SAU, and was, until recently, Group Head of Innovation and Chief Data Officer at Deutsche Bank.

He is passionate about harnessing the opportunities of the changing world of work, education, digital and open-source technology, and democratised innovation.

He has 40 years' experience of working at the leading edge of information technology development, primarily within the financial sector.

You can find out more about his career path and interests here.

'Harness digital opportunities'

On welcoming him to the Board, our Chief Executive, Canon Dr Edmund Newell, said, 'It's great to welcome JP Rangaswami to the Board, particularly at a time when we are seeking to harness digital opportunities in new ways, to expand the reach and impact of our work. He brings additional business acumen and digital expertise to the Board, and he also lives locally to Cumberland Lodge.'

Together with our Chief Executive, Ed Newell, our Board is responsible for setting the overall strategy for Cumberland Lodge and for ensuring that the charity is well run. Our Chair of Trustees is The Rt Hon the Baroness Prashar of Runnymede, our Vice-Chair is Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham, and our Treasurer is Simon Pearce.

Outgoing trustee

JP Rangaswami replaces outgoing trustee Professor Sir Malcolm Evans, who stepped down after ten years of valued and dedicated service at our Board meeting on 16 January 2020.

Malcolm also spoke to international students from across the UK at our Freedom of Religion or Belief: Global Perspectives retreat last weekend, part of our annual Emerging International Leaders programme on freedom of religion or belief.