Naren Patel will take over from Simon Daglish as chair of industry charity Nabs in January.
Patel, who is founder of Media For All, and previously CEO of outdoor company Primesight, has been a Nabs trustee and finance committee member since 2013.
Daglish, deputy MD of ITV Commercial and known as “Dags” to many in the industry, has been chair of Nabs since 2016 and will stay on as a trustee. He has been involved in the charity since 2012 when he joined the board and the Stranger than Summer fundraising committee.
During his time as chair, Nabs’ services changed to offer 24/7 online guidance and launched its industry-wide consultation All Ears. So far in 2023, Nabs has supported 10,000 people, an increase of 58% since last year and 162% on 2019 levels.
Daglish commented: “It’s been an honour to serve as Nabs’ chair for the past decade and to play a part in the charity’s work of helping thousands of people in need each year. I’ll always be a huge supporter of Nabs, and look forward to seeing what comes next with Naren in post; he will make a brilliant chair.”
Sue Todd, Nabs CEO, thanked Daglish for his passion for charity, good humour and “utter dedication” to Nabs’ work. She said Patel was “the perfect choice for the next step in our evolution”.
Patel said of his appointment: “Simon leaves a fantastic legacy. He’s been an inspiring chair and brilliant fellow board member. I’m looking forward to becoming Nabs’ chair in the New Year, and helping the charity to meet the challenges of an industry in need of urgent mental wellness support.”