Who's Moving: 360Giving, Teenage Cancer Trust, The English-Speaking Union and more

03 Feb 2020 News

Matthew Reed, chief executive of Marie Curie.

Chief executives 

South West Lakes Trust has appointed James Platts as its new chief executive.

Platts had worked at the charity since its creation, and had overseen the expansion of the Trust’s environmental work with South West Water, mainly in the areas of habitat improvement and biosecurity.

David Robertson, chair of trustees, said: “After a rigorous recruitment process, which saw over 90 applicants from around the UK and overseas, it’s great that our charity’s commitment to developing its employees has shone through.”

Tania Cohen will take over from Rachel Rank as chief executive at 360Giving. Cohen joins most immediately from London Youth, where she has been director of finance and resources.

Cohen said: “It is a privilege and honour to be asked to take on the role of CEO at 360Giving. I am committed to continuing the fantastic work that Rachel and the dedicated team of staff and board members have delivered so far. I look forward to working with them to shape the next stage of the organisation to support effective, informed and strategic decision-making and learning across the charitable giving sector.”

Cohen will join on 16 March 2020.

Quarriers has announced the appointment of Dr Ron Culley as its new chief executive.
Culley is currently chief officer with the Western Isles Health and Social Care Partnership, a position he has held for the last four years.
He takes over from Alice Harper, who is stepping down after seven years at the helm of Quarriers. Culley will take up his new role with the charity in April. 
Prior to his role in the Western Isles, Culley worked in a variety of positions including chief officer health and social care at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Culley said: “Quarriers does tremendous work providing practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families across the country. I feel privileged to have been appointed to head this organisation and I very much look forward to meeting the people we support and working with the board, staff and volunteers to further improve the services Quarriers provides to those who face challenging circumstances.”


Joyce Materego has joined the Vision Foundation as director of finance and resources, after more than four years as director of finance and resources at the Child Poverty Action Group. She started her accountancy career in publishing before crossing over to the charity sector, first at the Charity Technology Trust and then at the food waste charity FareShare.

She is a trustee for the single parent charity Gingerbread, where she brings her charity finance experience to the board.

Olivia Curno, chief executive of the Vision Foundation, said: “I am delighted to welcome Joyce to the Vision Foundation. Her wealth of charity sector experience – in both executive and non-executive roles – will help us to achieve even greater heights and achieve our vision where people living with sight loss are equal citizens and preventable blindness is a thing of the past.”


The Tessa Jowell ACT for Cancer Foundation has hired Rebecca Lawrence as nurse director of engagement to boost their patient advocacy and clinical engagement work.

In her role, Lawrence will be responsible for increasing collaboration between the charity and healthcare professionals, to help achieve ACT’s vision to become the largest charitable funder of personalised cancer treatment platforms in the UK.

Lawrence has ten years of clinical experience working as a nurse in both the NHS and the private sector, and most recently was the national safeguarding lead at Care UK. She is also the mother of musician Billy Clayton, whose life was tragically cut short aged 22 from a rare bone cancer in March last year. 

Lawrence said: “I am delighted to be working for ACT, who are unique in their understanding and passion for the need for progress and innovation across the cancer treatment and research landscape. As a healthcare professional, I recognise the dedication and commitment of all experts working within cancer care and believe ACT for Cancer has a golden opportunity to support and innovate in this vital area.

“I can’t wait to get started and to honour the memory of my darling and talented son – who would be proud and amazed with the progress and plans we have underway.”


Teenage Cancer Trust has announced that Paul Spanswick will become its new chair from 5 February 2020. Spanswick takes over from David Hoare, who has been chair since 2010.
Spanswick is a senior managing director of Nomura Holdings Inc. a global investment bank, and has been involved with Teenage Cancer Trust since 2009 when he led on Nomura’s partnership with the charity. He became a trustee in 2011 and was appointed deputy chair in 2019.

Spanswick said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role at such an important point in our history. It is three decades since we opened our first specialist unit for teenagers with cancer, and since then so much has been achieved. I’d like to thank David Hoare for his decade-long commitment.”

New Horizon Youth Centre, has announced the appointment of Matthew Reed as their new chair of trustees. He succeeds Professor Nick Hardwick. Reed is currently chief executive of Marie Curie.

Reed said: “It is a great honour to be chosen to be the next chair of this incredible charity.  All young people deserve the chance to live a full life, yet every year, thousands of young Londoners are barely surviving. I’ve already seen first-hand the life-changing support that New Horizon Youth Centre provides to young people who find themselves homeless in London.”

The English-Speaking Union has announced the appointment of Professor James Raven as the new chair of its board.

Raven, chair of the ESU’s Education Committee, succeeds Lord Boateng who has stepped down after five years. Lord Boateng remains a supporter of the charity and is a member of the newly created All Party Group on Oracy to put effective communication at the heart of our education system.

Raven is a writer, academic and broadcaster specialising in literary culture; an internationally recognised authority in the history of the book and Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Essex. 


Megan Giglia MBE, gold medallist from Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, has joined A Stroke of Luck in an ambassadorial role. 

She was only 27 at the time of a brain haemorrhage and stroke. Giglia was accepted onto the Paralympic Development Programme in May 2014.

Craig Pankhurst, founder and chief executive of the charity, and a former international swimmer himself, said: “Megan is a truly inspirational person, and someone who has demonstrated unbelievable strength and resilience in the face of adversity. To be impacted by stroke so significantly, and to turn what is a negative into a positive, and then to achieve what Megan has is testament to her character.”

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