Who’s Moving: Animal Free Research UK, Citizens UK and more

16 Apr 2018 News

Carla Owen, new chief executive of Animal Free Research UK

Our weekly summary of the latest movers in the charity sector.  

Chief executive

Carla Owen has been appointed as the new chief executive of Animal Free Research UK and will take up her role there later this month. 

Owen joins the charity from Cruelty Free International where she worked for a decade. She was previously director of development, marketing and communications at the charity. 

She is the first chief executive at the charity which previously operated with a “non-hierarchical senior management team”. 

Simon Hopkins, chief executive of national poverty charity Turn2us has today announced that he will be stepping down in the summer to take up a senior position in the education sector. 

Hopkins joined Turn2us in 2013 as deputy chief executive and became chief executive a year later. He led the charity through a “comprehensive transformation programme” which included a complete rebrand of the charity. 

Turn2us’ trustee board has begun the process of looking for his successor “immediately”. 

Children and young people’s charity Buttle UK has announced that its chief executive Gerri McAndrew will be stepping down in the autumn after 15 years at the helm of the organisation. 

The recruitment process for a new chief executive is already underway and the charity said that McAndrew will stay on at the charity until her replacement is found. 

McAndrew has overseen a complete overhaul of the way the charity makes grants and helped lead on its Chances for Children fundraising campaign which raised over £2m. 

Matthew Bolton has been announced as the new executive director of community organising charity Citizens UK, replacing current director and founder Neil Jameson. 

Jameson is stepping down from the organisation after 30 years at the helm of the charity he founded. Bolton is currently the deputy director of the charity.

Bolton has been with the charity for 14 years. In that time he helped set up the Living Wage Foundation and led the London Citizens campaign for an ‘Ethical Olympics’. He was also responsible for organising the “largest ever Citizens Assembly to date” ahead of the 2016 London Mayoral Assembly. 

Non executive

Jewish charity Norwood has appointed two new trustees to its board, under the direction of new chair Neville Khan. 

Glynnis Joffe and Tamara Finkelstein have been announced as the new trustees by Norwood. Joffe has over 30 years’ experience of working in adult social services, while Finkelstein is a senior civil servant currently leading on EU Exit Delivery at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 

The two appointments were made by the charity following Khan’s skills audit of the charity board. Khan, a partner at Deloitte, was appointed chair of the charity’s board in February this year. 

The Duke of York has been announced as a new patron of Malaria No More UK. He joins other high-profile supporters of the charity, including Andy Murray and David Beckham. 

The charity made the announcement ahead of the Malaria Summit London 2018, which is set to take place during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this week. 

Justine Fran, chair of Malaria No More, said “Over the years The Duke of York has shown his commitment to the fight against malaria, supporting innovation and research to fight the disease.”

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