Quentin Batalillon

General News 2024

Surf organization The Wave Project appoints permanent chairman

The Wave Project, the Cornwall-based surfing therapy charity, has appointed an interim chairman on a permanent basis. Brett Simpson has been with the organization for six years, first as a volunteer in Scotland and since 2020 as a trustee.

The Wave Project offers surf therapy courses, funded by a government health agency. The charity, based in Newquay, works across the South West, including Bristol and Devon, but has also expanded into the North East of England, North Yorkshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Brighton and London.

Mr. Simpson previously worked as a leader of global specialty technology and manufacturing companies, implementing strategy and developing investor support. He now has a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles, helping management teams create shareholder value.

“I am pleased that the trustees have asked me to continue in the role of chairman,” he said. “With a lifelong love of the ocean and surfing, it was a no-brainer for me to volunteer with the Dunbar Project a few years ago. Since then, I have been captivated by what we do and the impact we have. I am very excited about the next chapter of The Wave Project and look forward to working with the team.”

Ramon Van de Velde, CEO of The Wave Project, added: “His entrepreneurial spirit and management experience in various sectors have already proven invaluable to us. I very much look forward to continuing to work closely with Brett and the rest of our strong board to continually increase our positive impact on the lives of children and young people.”

Earlier this month, The Wave Project was awarded £30,000 by children’s rugby charity Wooden Spoon. The grant will be used by The Wave Project to continue its work in Dorset, Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Devon and Scotland.