We are delighted to announce that John Simpson CBE, the BBC world affairs editor and writer, is to become the Chelsea Society’s 13th President, succeeding Lord Salisbury who held the office for six years.
John’s family has long been part of Chelsea dating back to 1840 when his great-great grandfather ran the Queen’s Head public house, which the Society helped save last year.
Damian Greenish, the Chairman said, “We were searching for a new President who could represent the Society at a time of great change, a person who could be a figurehead for the widest range of people locally. John’s extraordinary career so far and his gift for meeting and connecting with people with such a wide spectrum of interests and backgrounds makes him, without question, an outstanding individual for President. We are honoured he has accepted the position with such enthusiasm.”
In reply John said, “I am very excited to be part of an organisation with such strong associations and to contribute to modern life in Chelsea. I take such pleasure in walking around locally enjoying the quieter spots as well as the daily bustle of the King’s Road. It will be wonderful to be even more involved. As someone who travels the world and witnesses so many areas of conflict at close quarter, I can see how important it is to maintain a sense of community and purpose in one’s personal home town. These invisible qualities can so easily be lost without anyone noticing before it is far too late. This role will help me play my part whilst enjoying myself at the same time.”
John’s first duty will be to open the AGM on at 6.30pm on 25th November in the Large Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road. We will be delighted to see as many members as possible to welcome John.
The AGM is always a convivial event where members have a chance to quiz the Council, meet each other, buy some of the excellent cards and books we publish, as well as make general suggestions for the forthcoming year.