LGF Chair of Trustees wins Charity chair of the year

Publish Date: 27/09/2013

The award is given to the chair of a charity's trustees who has made the most outstanding contribution to the performance of the charity during the year.

David McGovern works for Transport for Greater Manchester, and has been chair of the Lesbian & Gay Foundation since 2006.

David  has worked in the public sector for 26 years, in both local and national government and he joined the LGF as a volunteer in 2003 after hearing about the charity through our helpline and being involved in the annual Manchester Pride Festival. After three years of volunteering for the helpline, he was elected to the board and was elected to be the chair after only three months.

In his time as Chair David has worked hard behind the scenes to improve the governance of LGF's board by implementing two in-depth governance reviews and carrying out annual board appraisals. He is constantly driving LGF forward and working on systems, processes, risk and planning that will ensure  long-term sustainability. David is also working to increase black and ethnic minority representation.

Phil Maguire, one of the panel of judges for the award said: "There is clear evidence that he's a chair who understands good governance and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty."

Paul Martin OBE, LGF’s Chief Executive added “ David is avery worthy nominee and absolutely the right person to win this very prestigious national award.We couldn't be any prouder - on behalf of the whole organisation very well done and very well deserved.” 

To see just how much The Lesbian & Gay Foundation has achieved in the last year under David’s leadership see our latest Annual Review 2012/13 here.

To read more about other winners and nominees  in the Third Sector Excellence Awards go here.