AN Accrington man has been named as the next chairman of a national disability charity.
Ilyas Khan, 46, who grew up in the town, will take over as chairman of Leonard Cheshire Disability in September.
Mr Khan, a merchant banker by profession, only recently returned to the UK after living in Hong Kong since 1989, where he was involved in the establishment and support of a number of charities.
He has also been involved in the Stanhill Foundation, which helps young people achieve their sporting goals in East Lancashire.
Mr Khan said: "I am very honoured to be given this opportunity to contribute to the work of Leonard Cheshire Disability.
"The charity has built a strong reputation based on the quality of services it provides for disabled people, and for being a powerful and well- informed voice on their behalf.
"I grew up admiring Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, and it's fair to say he is one of my personal heroes. Getting a chance to join the Leonard Cheshire Disability team is therefore particularly pleasing."
Leonard Cheshire Disability supports more than 21,000 disabled people in the UK in achieving their aims in life through residential, training and other support services.
Lancashire Telegraph, 15th July 2009