Link Community Development

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Link mourns the passing of our Founding Chair, Perran Penrose

We are very sad to inform you that Perran Penrose, the Founding Chair of Link Community Development, passed away in Cornwall on Tuesday 6 November 2012 at the age of 65.

Perran was an advisor to the first "Link Africa" group which was started by Cambridge students in 1989 and became the first chair of Link Africa in June 1995, overseeing the expansion of the organisation to Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa and Uganda over a period of over twenty years.

While Perran was an economist by profession, he was at heart also a teacher, sharing his experience with a wide range of people, with a view to making real improvements to the world that we live in.

He had a massive impact on the work carried out by Link.

Over the next two weeks, we will be inviting Link colleagues and partners to submit any tributes, celebrating the impact Perran had on their lives, which they would like to share more widely.

If you’d like to share your tribute, please email me directly (

Our thoughts remain with Perran’s wife Angela and their two children Jago and Sefryn.

Peace be with them.

Steve Blunden, CEO, Link Community Development

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