Mannings Heath man is charity’s new chairman

Roy Boulter from Mannings Heath SUS-140411-110125001
Roy Boulter from Mannings Heath SUS-140411-110125001

The Licensed Trade Charity, the organisation that owns and manages LVS Hassocks, the West Sussex school for youngsters diagnosed on the autism spectrum, is delighted to announce that Mannings Heath man and business veteran Roy Boulter was appointed Chairman on Wednesday October 15.

Throughout Roy’s 30-year career in the British brewing industry he has been a committed and dedicated supporter of the work of the charity, and was appointed Trustee of the Licensed Trade Charity in 2010. He is also a seasoned traveller and amateur military historian.

“Roy’s wealth of experience and long-term dedication to the charity and trade makes him ideal as the next chairman of the Licensed Trade Charity,” said the Licensed Trade Charity’s Chief Executive James Brewster.

“His knowledge, expertise and passion for both our trade and our charity are proven and we believe he will be a great advocate for our work, in particular with regards to our targets for the next stage of development, namely increasing the awareness of, and engagement with, our services.”

Thanking the Board of Trustees for the opportunity, Roy said: “It’s a great honour to have been asked to become Chairman, and I will be using my new position to bring greater understanding of the charity, its schools, and how it operates to produce advocates and patrons of our range of activities and services,” said Roy.

He concluded: “I have been fortunate enough to have worked for some classic brewing companies with excellent product portfolios over the years, all of which maintained strong links with the trade charities throughout.

“ Now as the new Chairman, I am following in the footsteps of some extremely eminent individuals, which is a great honour indeed.”

James Brewster thanked Annette King as she stepped down from the Chair role on October 15.

Annette was the youngest Chair of the Licensed Trade Charity, just 44 years old when she was appointed in October 2010.

The Licensed Trade Charity, which received Royal Chartered status in 1836 and is proud and privileged to have Her Majesty The Queen as its patron, has a long history in running schools.

Although originally established specifically for children of people working in the licensed drinks trade, the schools are now open to the general public: LVS Ascot, a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 4-18; LVS Hassocks, a school for children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome; and LVS Oxford, which opened in September 2014 and, like LVS Hassocks, is for young people diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Report and picture contributed by the Licensed Trade Charity.