Revitalise appoints James Kempton as new Chief Finance Officer

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21st May 2020

National charity Revitalise are pleased to announce the appointment of James Kempton as their new Chief Finance Officer. Coming from a CFO position with executive search firm Erevena Group, James brings 15 years of experience in international professional services, including previous charity work with Mencap and Relate.

James began his working life as an auditor with Andersen’s in Reading, spending 3 years with the company, becoming ACA qualified and moving to Aukland, New Zealand, before returning to London. He worked for a number of companies, including EY and Practiv Applied Software before becoming CFO for recruitment firm Saxton Bampfylde, where he spent 10 years.

It was whilst working for Mencap that James first met Jan Tregelles, Revitalise’s Chief Executive Officer. Of James’ new position, Jan said: “We are very pleased to welcome James as Revitalise’s new Chief Finance Officer. James has gained a wealth of financial experience throughout his years, which I’m sure will prove to be very beneficial to Revitalise. I look forward to working with him again and taking Revitalise to even greater heights.”

Commenting on his new appointment, James said: “I am delighted to be joining a brilliant, important and exciting organisation like Revitalise. I am inspired by the charity’s many years of providing fantastic respite holidays to disabled people and their carers and feel privileged to join the team.”

Mr. Kempton joins Revitalise, usually known as the people who create holidays for disabled people and their carers, at a very unusual time in the charity’s history. Two of their holiday centres, Revitalise Netley Waterside House in Hampshire and Revitalise Jubilee Lodge in Essex, are providing all their spaces to the NHS, to help free up hospital beds for people with the COVID-19 virus.

The team is offering their facilities at their third centre, Revitalise Sandpipers in Southport, Merseyside, as a place to stay safe either short or long term, for disabled people no longer able to get the care they need at home. The centre is fully accessible, with equipment including hoists, profiling beds and airflow mattresses. The teams are comprised of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants and they are rated Good by the Care Quality Commission.

Anybody who is worried about whether their care support at home can continue, should contact Revitalise, who are able to offer long or short stays with full care support in place. The charity is also offering transportation to those that need it, as well as financial support from their own Revitalise Support Fund. 

Revitalise is proud to be able to support the NHS and help fight the crisis at a time like this, but is looking forward to welcoming guests back for more unforgettable holidays once we all emerge from COVID-19.

The charity’s Vice President Dame Judi Dench recently said: “It is times like these that make me so proud to be Revitalise’s Vice President. Our wonderful NHS is under a great deal of strain, and during this difficult time, kindness and support will help them to fight the crisis. That is exactly what Revitalise are doing. I know how valuable the work they do for disabled people and their carers is, and I am thrilled to see that they are supporting both disabled people and the NHS during such a critical time.”

For more information on a long or short stay at Revitalise Sandpipers, please visit www.revitalise.org.uk


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