We are excited to announce that Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation has appointed a new Chairman of the Board Chris Braithwaite and we are thrilled to introduce you to him. After 5 successful years as chair, Genevieve Glover stepped down from the role at the 2022 Quinquennial Dinner.
Chris is an ex-player and Wasps Legend who joined the club in 1989 and played for the U18, U21, Vandals, and 1st XV until 1995. After departing Wasps, Chris spent three seasons at Blackheath playing semi-professional rugby alongside full-time employment at Cushman & Wakefield Property Consultants. During his 15 years at C&W, he led the London Retail Agency team and became the youngest Equity Partner of the European business before joining Apple in 2009.
Chris subsequently spent the next 12 years developing the EMEIA and the Asia Pacific Retail Real Estate teams, as well leading the Global Flagship Store Programme and ultimately heading Worldwide Design for the Apple Stores.
Chris contributed to the expansion of the Apple Stores into an additional 20 countries, adding a total of 400 stores, since advising on Apple’s first European store on Regent Street in November 2004.
On becoming the new Chairman of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, Chris commented:
“I am honoured to have been appointed Chairman of WLCF and look forward to continuing the great work Genevieve has begun, working alongside the Trustees and on behalf of the Members. Through an enormous amount of hard work, Wasps has created something very special with the Legends and supports so many wonderful causes. We aim to raise £1m in the next 5 years and in doing so continue to grow the Wasps community and have fun along the way”.
On her departure Genevieve Glover commented:
“After 10 years as a Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation Board member and Trustee, five of which as Chair I think the time is right to step down.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Wasps Legends, and I feel confident that the Charity is in a better place than I found it!
With a fantastic Board, a strong events calendar, increasing paid membership, good commercial partnerships, strong governance, better and clearer communication, and a plan that will take us to £1m donated to good causes in the next 5 years, I think the fresh new leadership of Chris is in order for this next part of the journey and I wish him the best of luck.”
By Ollie N’Jie