RNIB announces five senior appointments amidst ‘pivotal’ time for the charity

05 Aug 2022 News

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has made a number of additions to its senior leadership team.
The appointments include two external hires and three internal promotions to the senior leadership team. Four of the five roles are newly-created and the fifth, chief people officer, has been covered by an interim arrangement while RNIB recruited to a permanent role.

The external appointments are Kerry Eldridge, who joins as chief people officer in October, and Charlotte Jackson, who joins as director of communications in the same month.

Eldridge will focus on developing high-performing teams, nurturing talent within the organisation, and attracting external talent. She will join from her position as executive director of people and culture at Cornwall Care.
Jackson’s role will involve amplifying the charity’s voice on key societal issues. She joins RNIB from Parkinson’s UK, where she is currently associate director of engagement and communications.

Matt Stringer, chief executive of RNIB, said it was a “pivotal” time for the charity as it launches its new strategy and increases its focus on behaviour change and tackling the root causes of inequality for blind and partially sighted people.

He said: “They will bring sector-leading experience and expertise to our leadership team as we accelerate our efforts to break down barriers to create an equitable society for people affected by sight loss.”

RNIB has also made three internal promotions. Jim Sanders has been promoted from customer programme lead to director of innovation and transformation, and Debbie Miller has been promoted from head of customer and supporter experience to director of customer experience and engagement.

Meanwhile, Emma Williams has been promoted from acting associate director of fundraising to director of fundraising strategy and transformation.

The charity is not expecting any departures from the existing senior team as a result of these changes.

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