Sunderland chairman Ellis Short joins charity board

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SAFC owner and chairman Ellis Short has joined SAFC Foundation’s board of trustees.

Mr Short has accepted an invitation from the charity’s trustees to formally join its board, assuming the role of SAFC representative, a requirement of the foundation’s constitution.

Mr Short joins existing trustees Sir Bob Murray, Kate Adie, Paul Collingwood, Steve Cram, Baroness Estelle Morris, Lord Puttnam, James Ramsbotham, Sir Tim Rice and Sir Peter Vardy.

The charity’s Royal Patron is The Countess of Wessex.

Speaking about the appointment, Sir Bob said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that Ellis has accepted our invitation to join the Foundation Board of Trustees.

“This move demonstrates his commitment to the region as well as the football club, and his support will help us grow the foundation and impact on the lives of many more people in Sunderland, South Tyneside, Durham and even further afield.”

Mr Short said: “SAFC Foundation is an inspiring organisation which makes a tangible difference to the lives of thousands of people.

“I have been hugely impressed with their ability to engage the local community, they are pioneers within their field, and I am proud to be joining their esteemed board of trustees.

“I look forward to seeing the charity continue to grow and develop in the years ahead.”