Sadness at deaths of Vice Presidents
13 November 2018
We were deeply saddened to hear about the recent deaths of Charles Morland and Sir Nigel Broomfield KCMG, two of our dedicated vice presidents and former trustees.
Born in 1939, Charles was Director of Barclay’s Merchant Bank/Barclays de Zoete Wedd from 1981-1987 and Managing Director of Riggs AP Bank from 1987-89. A wheelchair user, in 1994 he became a trustee of Leonard Cheshire, taking on the role of Chairman of Trustees between the years of 2000-2005, as well as Chair of the UK Public Affairs Committee.
Charles’ showed amazing commitment and dedication to the charity, and he was extremely passionate in supporting its goals.
He went above and beyond the call of duty, even taking on a 10,000 ft skydive to raise money for Leonard Cheshire in 2004. He went on to become Vice-President of the charity, as well as Chair of the Oxford Policy Institute, Director of the Centre for Accessible Environments and Chair of the Refugee Legal Centre.
Sir Nigel succeeded Charles as Chairman of the Trustees in 2005. Born in 1937, Sir Nigel joined the army after university and was commissioned to the 17th/21st Lancers in 1959.
He retired with the rank of Major in 1968 and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving in Bonn, Moscow and Berlin. He became Deputy High Commissioner for New Delhi between 1985-1988 and Ambassador to Germany between 1993 and 1997.
Sir Nigel was appointed CMG in 1986 and KCMG in 1993. After retiring from the diplomatic service, he held a number of key appointments at Leonard Cheshire, including the Chairmanship from 2005-2009, and then Vice-President. His dedication to the charity, and the insights he brought during this time was invaluable.
Charles and Sir Nigel will both be sorely missed by all at Leonard Cheshire. We are extremely grateful for the significant contribution they both made to the charity over the years. Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones at this difficult time.