Groundwork's first national chairman, Sir Christopher Chataway, has died aged 82.
Sir Christopher oversaw Groundwork’s rapid expansion – not only within the North West, where the charity was first established in 1982, but also much more widely across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Working closely in the mid-1980’s with Groundwork’s founding chief executive, John Davidson, he was influential in attracting strong private sector support for the charity’s work.
Groundwork chief executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead, said: “Sir Christopher, as our first ever national chairman, made an indelible contribution to our history. He was instrumental in building the foundations for the strong national charity we are today and his vision of close co-operation between businesses and charities remains a driving principle for us to this present day.
“On behalf of everyone connected to Groundwork past and present, I would like to offer our deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.”
Alongside his achievements with Groundwork, Sir Christopher was a Conservative Government minister, a pioneering television journalist and a successful businessman. He is perhaps best and longest remembered as a world-class runner and one of the trio, with his friends Roger Bannister and Christopher Brasher, who made the successful assault on the four-minute-mile barrier for the first time in 1954. A World Record holder in his own right at 5000 metres, Sir Christopher twice represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games.
Sir Christopher is survived by his second wife, Carola Walker, whom he married in 1976, and their two sons; and by two sons and a daughter from his marriage to Anna Lett. His stepson, Charles Walker, is the Conservative MP for Broxbourne.
- Christopher John Chataway, born 31 January 1931; died 19 January 2014
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