Haydn Taylor, 50, has been appointed Chairman of the British Heart Foundation Jersey, succeeding Harry Craig who is retiring from the role.
Haydn, who is Jersey born, has been working in banking and stockbroking for over 30 years and was Managing Director of Standard Bank’s Stockbroking & Asset Management business in Jersey for 16 years as well as their Private and Corporate Banking businesses in the Island.
Haydn has served on the bank’s local board as well as a number of Jersey Fund company boards. He has also served as a Committee member of the London Stock Exchange South West Regional Committee and as Treasurer of the Jersey Association for Youth and Friendship Appeals Committee. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.
Haydn said: “I am delighted to be taking on this local role for a charity which makes such an important contribution to British health and indeed that of the Island. Local donations, bequests and legacies will undoubtedly continue to be a major focus for us from a fundraising perspective. I hope over time to encourage new fundraising activities using the extensive experiences of one of the UK’s largest charities, working in conjunction with local affiliated charity the Jersey Heart Support Group which initially received a BHF start-up grant and is doing much to support cardiac rehabilitation and raising awareness.
A number of exciting local initiatives are currently underway which the BHF is promoting, including an appeal by the Jersey Heart Support Group to fund the provision of defibrillators in all Schools in the Island. I certainly see part of my role as responsibility for securing funding from the BHF for local initiatives with the aim of improving heart services in the Island.”
He continued: “I have a strong personal link to the cause, having lost a longstanding friend and colleague last year at the age of just 50 from a heart attack. This certainly focused me on this role and the need to support initiatives to make Jersey become one of the most “heart safe” places in which to live in the UK.
I would like to thank Harry Craig for his long service to BHF Jersey and for all that he has done to support local fundraising. I am also delighted to confirm that Ian Ling will remain as our Honorary Treasurer and Vicky Scarborough our In Memoriam Secretary.”
Harry commented: “It has been a privilege to be involved with the BHF for the last 18 years during which the Island has contributed significant funds to this very important charity. They in turn have played a crucial role in funding much needed resources for the Island such as a portable echocardiography machine for the General Hospital as well as specialist cardiac nurses who form part of the dedicated heart team run by local Consultant Cardiologist Andrew Mitchell.
Haydn’s background as a senior member of the finance industry and his extensive local network combined with his experience of working with local charities will enable the BHF to further raise its profile and reach in the Island for the benefit of the local community.”