We’re delighted to announce the appointment of John Russell as the new Chair of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation Trustee Board (DMSF).

John takes over the reins from Jim Battle, who formally stepped down after two years in the position of Chairman at DMSF.

As Group Chairman and founder of the Fairhome Group, John has led many significant changes within the construction industry in recent years. He has been instrumental in changing the provision of supported living accommodation and support across the UK and is currently involved in examining how the model can be used to tackle homelessness.

John has supported charities throughout his career; most recently he has been a Trustee at the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation.

Speaking of his appointment, John said: In 2019, I was delighted to be elected Chair of DMSF. One of my key primary aims is to support the foundation, create awareness to others and help raise valuable funds to help us to deliver programs across the inner city of Manchester and for the young people of the city.

“I am delighted to be Chair and to work to provide the best opportunities for young people to enable them to be the best that they can be.”

Chief Executive Diane Modahl added: “We are delighted to welcome John as Chair of DMSF. His passion and commitment to drive the organisation forward is clearly evident. Action and results oriented, John has supported the crafting of the vision of DMSF and has established strong foundations on which the charity will thrive. Jim (pictured right) has supported DMSF through a period of considerable growth and we are extremely grateful for the guidance he has given us over the last two years.

“John’s background and experience will be beneficial in helping to drive the charity forward. We are confident that his expertise will help to ensure that DMSFs’ finances are sustained and fit for the future so that we are able to operate for the next 10 years and beyond. I look forward to working closely with John and all the DMSF Trustees to shape future strategy and growth.”