Room to Reward Appoint National Charity Ambassadors

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of leading autism charity the National Autistic Society and Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK have both been appointed as ‘Ambassadors’ of Room to Reward, a ground-breaking charity initiative that seeks to reward the work of charity volunteers and frontline employees.

Founded by Nicolas Roach, Chairman of the Nicolas James Group and driven by the hospitality industry, the unique programme rewards deserving charity workers with complimentary short breaks, across the UK, with hotel partners donating anticipated unsold rooms. Nicolas commented:

“We are so pleased that both Mark and Tracey have agreed to become ambassadors of our scheme. We have been very fortunate to have some influential ambassadors spreading the word about the initiative within the hospitality industry but now, with the additional advocacy of prominent leaders from within the charity sector, Room to Reward can only go from strength to strength.”

Working with many registered charities, including Mencap, Macmillan Caring, Maggie’s Cancer Centres and Naomi House & Jack’s Place, Room to Reward supports charities to give something back to key individuals, who make a difference in the lives of others.

Mark Lever joined the National Autistic Society as chief executive in March 2008. He also sits on the Department of Health’s Autism Programme Board and Social Care Reference Group.

The National Autistic Society was founded in 1962 and provides information, support, services, including seven autism-specific school and campaigns for a better world for autistic people and their families.

Prior to the National Autistic Society, Mark worked for 12 years at the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), holding a range of roles, including, Director of Strategic Development and Operations and then CEO.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of National Autistic Society

Mark Lever stated: “The vital work we and other charities do is only possible because of the passion and commitment of our volunteers and staff. It’s important we recognise and thank them for, this huge contribution in any way we can.

“Room for Reward is one excellent way of giving back and I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the scheme.”

Tracey Bleakley was appointed Chief Executive of Hospice UK in 2015. Hospice UK is a national hospice charity which supports and champions the work of more than 200 hospice care providers across the country.

Prior to her role at Hospice, UK Tracey was Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and has worked at an executive level in the charitable and public sector since 2009. Tracey was appointed to the board of the Insolvency Service by Business Minister Jo Swinson and is a trustee of the Money Advice Trust and Mid Bedfordshire Citizens Advice, a member of the BBC Charity Advisory Committee, a fellow of ACEVO

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK

Tracey Bleakley commented:

“Being an ambassador to Room to Reward represents an amazing opportunity for the charity sector. Having a channel by which we can reward and recognise the work of key staff and volunteers, at no cost, is hugely valuable and all thanks to the generosity and momentum given to the scheme by the hospitality sector.”

If you are a charity interested in becoming a partner or would like to find out more about the ‘Rooms to Reward’ scheme you can visit www.roomtoreward.org or email Adam Terpening, Charity Director, at adam@roomtoreward.org