Change of chair­man

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A char­ity which helps young peo­ple launch and grow their busi­ness has ap­pointed a new chair­man in a shift to­wards the dig­i­tal age.

The Kent Foun­da­tion se­lected Ju­lian Kirk­ness to the role, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kirk­ness As­so­ciates Soft­ware, based in Sell­ing, near Can­ter­bury, where he lives.

He takes over from char­tered en­gi­neer Al­lan Mowatt, who had been chair­man for 20 years.

Mr Kirk­ness, 57, said: “Al­lan Mowatt’s chair­man­ship will be a very tough act to fol­low.”

The Maid­stone-based char­ity was launched in 1985 to give busi­ness sup­port to as­pir­ing young en­trepreneurs.

Mr Mowatt, 71, is a Kent Am­bas­sador and for­mer di­rec­tor of high­ways and trans­porta­tion for Kent County Coun­cil, who lives in Smar­den.

He said: “I am con­vinced that we have a board of all the nec­es­sary back­ground and tal­ents to carry on and de­velop fur­ther our work.”

Out­go­ing chief Al­lan Mowatt

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