Charles Steel, a trustee of Save the Children UK since February last year, has been made interim chair of the charity.
The appointment of Steel, follows the departure of Peter Bennett-Jones, who announced last month that he was stepping down after an investigation into complaints over remarks he made during discussions with staff about the charity’s future direction.
The charity said his remarks could have been perceived as “being at odds with the organisation’s response to a review of its working culture earlier in the year”, and Bennett-Jones said he “recognised” this and has apologised for any upset he caused.
At the time, Bennett-Jones said that after three years as chair he believe a “change will help the organisation best tackle the complex challenges it faces”.
Commenting on his appointment, Steel said: “It is an honour to take on this role at Save the Children. All the more so in the charity’s centenary year for which there is a full agenda including the resumption of a campaign started by our founder, Eglantyne Jebb, to protect children in conflict.
“One only has to look at the unfolding disaster in Yemen to know that Save the Children’s work in helping vulnerable children is as important as it has ever been.”