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New Chair and Trustees appointed at Nominet Trust

Millie Banerjee CBE has been appointed as the new Chair of Nominet Trust, the social investor that harnesses the power of the internet to improve lives and communities.

Nominet Trust brings together, invests in and supports people committed to using the internet to tackle big social challenges. To date, Nominet Trust has invested in more than £9 million in research and projects designed to galvanise the untapped potential of the internet to change the world for the better.

Millie Banerjee takes up her new post on January 1st 2012, following the founding and current Chairman, Jonathan Welfare. Commenting, Jonathan Welfare said: "I am delighted that we have appointed Millie Banerjee as the new Chairman of Nominet Trust.  The Trust has grown very fast since its establishment four years ago and is now firmly established as one of the UK’s leading social investors.  I am certain that Millie will lead Nominet Trust in growing further its influence and impact."

Millie brings extensive experience of the private and public sectors to the post. She spent 25 years at BT in a variety of roles during a time of significant change. Her previous non-executive directorships include the Sector Skills Development Agency, Channel 4 TV, Cabinet Office, Strategic Rail Authority, Prisons Board, Peabody Trust and more recently, Ofcom. She has also been the Chair of Postwatch, Carnegie UK Trust and Postcomm. Currently she chairs Working Links and the British Transport Police Authority as well as being a non-executive director of the East London PCT Cluster.  
The new Chair will work with the organisation's stakeholders, Board and executive team – led by Chief Executive, Annika Small – to build on Nominet Trust’s success in using the internet to make a positive difference to lives and communities. The new Chair will be joined by three new Trustees on the Nominet Trust board: Charles Leadbeater, Marcus East and Louise Ainsworth who bring extensive experience of mobilising technology for social good.

Commenting, Millie said: “I am very pleased to be joining Nominet Trust at such an important point in its development. I am looking forward to working with the stakeholders, Board and the executive team and to making my contribution in achieving ambitious plans for the future."

Rennie Fritchie, Chair of Nominet, said: "I would like to thank Jonathan for all of his hard work as founding Chairman. His contribution has been enormously valuable and very much appreciated. I would also like to welcome Millie to her new role; I have no doubt her skills and experience will help Nominet Trust to build on their current achievements and go on to even greater success in the future."