Nick Hardwick has resigned as Chief Executive of the Refugee Council following his appointment as Chairman of the new Independent Police Complaints Commission. His resignation will take effect from 31 January 2003.
Naaz Coker, Chair of the Refugee Council, said:
“I congratulate Nick on obtaining this new post and want to thank him for his seven years of service and leadership at the Refugee Council where he has been the driving force in the Council’s growth and leadership of the refugee sector. I wish him well in his new role as Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
“Nick leaves the organisation in good shape and confident about our ability to face the challenges of the future. The trustees of the Refugee Council have already made plans to recruit Nick’s successor and ensure a smooth transition.
“We expect to advertise for Nick’s replacement in the New Year. I am grateful to Margaret Lally, Nick’s deputy for agreeing to act as interim Chief Executive until a permanent appointment is made.”
Notes to Editors:
1. Nick Hardwick joined the Refugee Council in July 1995. His resignation will take effect from 31 January 2003.
2. For more information about Nick Hardwick’s new appointment, including a statement from him, read the Home Office press release.
3. The Refugee Council is the largest refugee assisting charity in the UK. It provides a range of practical services to refugees and asylum seekers and advocates on their behalf.
4. Naaz Coker has been Chair of the Refugee Council since 1998. Naaz is currently Director of Race and Diversity at the Kings Fund.