Who’s Moving: WaterAid, Carers Trust, Lymphoma Action and more

21 Aug 2023 News

In this fortnightly column, Civil Society looks at people moving roles in the charity sector.

Will Burchell, CEO of Bone Cancer Research Trust, and professor Allie Gartland

Edinburgh charity CEO retires

Edinburgh Leisure has begun its search for a new chief executive officer after the retirement of June Peebles.

Peebles held the role for eight years and was part of the original team that helped establish the leisure charity in 1998. 

On her departure she said: “I leave whoever picks up the baton with an organisation that is mature and certain of its purpose, the value it brings to the city of Edinburgh and, importantly, with the ambition to do more.  This is a great opportunity for someone to put their own stamp on how Edinburgh Leisure continues to thrive.”

Eden Scott is working on the recruitment for the charity’s new leaders. Interested applicants should contact Sarah Gracie, associate director at Edinburgh Leisure. 

RSPCA Assured CEO steps down

Mike Baker, chief executive of RSPCA Assured, a subsidiary of the national animal protection charity, has resigned as chief executive after joining the charity on an initially interim basis in March 2022.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “Mike Baker, chief executive of RSPCA Assured, has decided that the time is right for him to move on from his role.

“Mike joined RSPCA Assured last year and has laid the foundations for the ambitious growth that will be needed to transform farm animal welfare in the UK. We’d like to thank Mike for all his hard work and wish him well for the future.”

New CEO for cancer charity 

Will Burchell has been appointed as CEO of the Bone Cancer Research Trust, a medical research charity based in Leeds. He succeeds Mat Cottle-Shaw, who led the charity for two years and worked at the charity for a total of eight. 

Burchell joins from the Nottinghamshire Deaf Society where he has been CEO since February 2022. Before that, he was in senior leadership roles at Autism East Midlands, Turning Point, Dimensions UK, Framework Charity and more. 

Allie Gartland, chair of trustees at the Bone Cancer Research Trust, commented on the appointment: “We are delighted to have appointed Will as the Bone Cancer Research Trust’s CEO. Will’s wealth of expertise in the charity sector and exceptional leadership skills will enable us to continue to develop and grow, alongside driving forward the charity’s strategic direction following the launch of our new 10-year strategy”.

Youth charity recruits CEO

Brathay Trust, a Cumbria-based youth development charity, has appointed Teresa Jennings as its new chief executive. She succeeds Godfrey Owen, who steps down after 16 years of leading the charity. 

Most recently, she was chief executive of charity n-compass for over seven years. She is currently a trustee for the Foxton Centre and Camphill Village Trust.

On her appointment, she said: “For the last 75 years Brathay has been committed to supporting young people in their own self-development journeys through experimental learning, and it is a privilege to have been chosen to steer the organisation into its next exciting chapter.”

Carers Trust appoints director

The Carers Trust has appointed Dominic Carter in its newly created role, director of policy and public affairs. 

Carter joins from Hospice UK where he was head of policy, advocacy and research. Before that, he was in senior roles at Alzheimer’s Society, Homecare Association, Skills for Care and more.  

On his appointment, he said: “With a key period ahead in the political calendar and a shifting relationship of decision-making power between national and local, I feel there is a huge amount I can achieve both at Carers Trust and with our Network Partners to ensure unpaid carers gain the recognition and support they deserve.”

BHF hires research and medical strategy lead

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has appointed research leader and NHS consultant physician Bryan Williams, as its first chief scientific and medical officer.   
Williams will join the charity’s executive group in autumn 2023 and succeed Nilesh Samani (current medical director) in leading the BHF’s research and medical strategy.  

He will be responsible for setting BHF’s vision and funding strategy for cardiovascular research and enhancing the charity’s scientific influence.

Museum of London add governors to its board

The Museum of London has announced the appointment of two more governors to its board. 

Samir Patel is CEO of Comic Relief. He joined the helm of the charity in March 2021. Before that, he was chief innovation strategist at Blue State. Throughout his career, he has worked with charities like Amnesty International, UNHCR, Natural History Museum and more. 

Bridget Banton is a creative consultant and founder of Dear Creative Gurl, a company that provides storytelling and content development to production companies, broadcasters and more. She is a voting member of BAFTA and fellow of RSA. 

WaterAid appoints five trustees

WaterAid has appointed five trustees to its board. 

  • Nina Jasinski is a non-executive director, trustee, consultant and mentor. She has had a 40-year career growing marketing, advertising and communications agencies. 
  • Mamadou Biteye is an agricultural economist and development expert. He is executive secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation. 
  • Sanjay Nair is global head of business and transformation costs at HSBC Global Commercial Banking. 
  • Simi Kamal is a women’s rights and poverty alleviation specialist based in Pakistan. She has served on number of national and international boards and is a geographer, water expert and environment professional. 
  • Ashvin Dayal heads the Rockefeller’s Power and Climate programme. He recently led the creation of Global Energy Alliance for People and Plant. 

Tim Wainwright, chief executive for WaterAid, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome five new members to WaterAid’s board of trustees. Together they bring a spectrum of hugely valuable expertise, insight and knowledge, along with a wealth of experience across different sectors ranging from energy and climate, to business communications, development and inclusion.”

Lymphoma Action recruits trustee

Lymphoma Action has appointed Chrissie Kirby to its board of trustees. 

She is a haematology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has a special interest in lymphoma and is passionate about improving care for lymphoma patients. 

“I am honoured to be appointed as a Lymphoma Action trustee with healthcare expertise”, she says.

“I am excited to bring my clinical knowledge and skills to the team. As a CNS, I represent the patient voice and I have always used Lymphoma Action as a resource for my patients and their families. I know how important the charity is and am very excited to be able to support and be a part of their continued success.”

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