Alexander Campbell took over at the helm of the organisation in June 2003 and in that time has led the development of a new vision and direction for the organisation. Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest champions the needs of the seafarer both active and retired. The organisation also endeavours to support active and retired servicemen in need of accommodation as well as other individuals who find themselves homeless.
The ‘Queen Vic’ has a strong reputation as it has been serving seafarers for over 170 years and Alexander has continued to build on this by being in the forefront of establishing imaginative new services aimed at reaching out to people and helping them rebuild their lives and discover new opportunities.
Alexander was born and educated in Scotland and studied at the University of Dundee where he gained a BA in Professional Studies and an MSc in Leadership and Organisational Development, he also holds a NVQ 4 and NVQ 5 in Strategic Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He has spent over two decades working in social care; most of this period was spent working with frontline homeless services and housing associations.
Driven by a passionate commitment to give new opportunities to vulnerable groups including homeless people, Alexander’s varied career has given him rich experience of working in the heart of excluded communities across the country, including London, Portsmouth, Leicester, Liverpool, Glasgow and latterly the highland capital of Inverness. His desire is to help the marginalised find a route back into the heart of society.
Alexander resides in Essex with his wife Ruth and children, he enjoys travelling and music making through his passion for brass bands. Alexander is on the board of the Merchant Navy War Memorial Society (Care Ashore), Centres for Seafarers and the Merchant Navy Welfare Board Council of Management, he is also the Chair of the International Christian Maritime Association UK & Ireland and Chair of George Green Almshouse Board.
In November 2014, Alexander was honoured to receive the Merchant Navy Medal for services to the care and welfare of retired merchant Seafarers, Honoris Causa.
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