10 Mar 2014
Chief executive, Womankind Worldwide from September 2012 to August 2013
Jackie Ballard has been appointed CEO of Womankind Worldwide, a post she took up in September 2012. In June 2013, however, she announced she would leave the organisation after deciding she preferred roles where she had more direct contact with beneficiaries.
She joined Womankind from Action on Hearing Loss, where she was CEO for five years. The disability charity, then called RNID, appointed Ballard as its chief executive in July 2007 after she had spent five years at the helm of the RSPCA.
She had previously been a Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton, a county and district councillor for Somerset, and a further education lecturer and adult basic education organiser.
Ballard has a BSc in social psychology from London School of Economics and spent one year studying in Iran.
She is a board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).
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Jackie Ballard, who left her chief executive role at Action on Hearing Loss in September last year to become CEO of Womankind Worldwide, is to stand down after less than a year leading the international human rights charity.
Action on Hearing Loss finished its last financial year with an operating deficit of £2.1m, £600,000 worse than it had budgeted for.
Paul Breckell, the ebullient finance chief at Action on Hearing Loss, has been promoted to chief executive, succeeding Jackie Ballard.
Jackie Ballard is to leave Action on Hearing Loss, where she has been chief executive for five years, and take up a new role as CEO of the much smaller charity Womankind Worldwide.
Action on Hearing Loss has launched a hard-hitting ad campaign using imagery of people's ears being attacked by either a drill or a hammer and nail in an effort to raise awareness of the damage that listening to loud music can do.
The Royal National Institute for Deaf People will undergo a full rebrand and name change to Action on Hearing Loss effective from June 2011, when it celebrates its 100th anniversary.
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