Lesley Garrett to stand down as Lady Taverners President
Lesley Garrett will stand down as President of the Lady Taverners when her current term ends in April.
Britain’s best loved soprano has enjoyed a successful two years as President during which time the charity has continued to grow and enhance the lives of thousands of disadvantaged and disabled young people across the UK. However, future singing commitments mean that she cannot continue in the role.
Lesley said: “It is with a heavy heart that very sadly, I will be unable to continue as Lady Taverners President after my current term ends. Now that my diary has finally firmed up for 2018/19, it’s clear that my work commitments, many of which are long-term and will take me out of London, will make it impossible for me to fulfil my duties as your president.
“I am honoured to have been the Lady Taverners President, particularly during our special 30th Anniversary year. I’m very proud of the work we’ve undertaken, not just fundraising but also raising awareness of the vital importance of sports provision for the young people we serve.
“I would like to thank everyone at the charity for their help and guidance. It has been a pleasure to serve and the charity will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Lesley will officially stand down at the Lady Taverners General Meeting on April 30.
Commenting on the news, Lady Taverners Chairman Carole Garner said: “I would like to place on record our thanks to Lesley for the tireless effort and energy she brought to the role to help raise the awareness of the charity through our events, but also the time she gave up seeing first-hand our work in action and meeting the young people who benefit from our programmes. It has been a privilege to work with such a fantastic ambassador.”
The search for the new President of the Lady Taverners is underway and an announcement will be made in due course.