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Who's Moving: Battersea, Big Issue Invest, Royal Life Saving Society UK and more

07 Jan 2019 News

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

Chief executives

LEAH (Learn English at Home), a charity which helps ethnic minority adults learn English, has appointed Jenny Irish as their new director. She will start on 14 January 2019, following 6 years at Central London Samaritans where she managed financial sustainability as the head of branch operations.

Danyal Sattar has joined Big Issue Invest as chief executive. He was previously the head of social investment at The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Plastic pollution campaigning organisation, City to Sea, has appointed Rebecca Burgess as their CEO. She was previously commercial director of the charity and before that Head of Partnerships, a role in which she was responsible for managing the network of the charity’s business supporters.

Scottish Autism has appointed Dorry McLaughlin as their new chief executive. She previously worked for Viewpoint, a housing and care services provider in Scotland, as CEO. She will be supported by Charlene Tait, who has been promoted from director of autism practice and research, to the newly created role of deputy chief executive.

Fundraising and communications 

Battersea has appointed Catherine Miles as its new director of fundraising. She was previously director of fundraising & engagement at Breast Cancer Now.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Battersea to lead the fundraising team. They have achieved so much, and I can see great potential for continued growth and development, thanks to the incredible generosity of supporters who are passionate about animals and the vital work Battersea does. I’m looking forward to working with not only the people but, of course, the animals too.” 

Kate Dickson has been appointed as communications director at the British Stammering Association (BSA) where she will lead on all internal and external communications for the charity. She was previously the communications director at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) where she worked for Nickelodeon UK and Channel 5.

Finance and operations 

Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the tourist attraction, has recruited Phil Smith as a commercial director to help drive growth and profits. He previously worked at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum as the deputy chief executive and chief operating officer.

Battersea has rehired George Ruiz as finance & corporate services director. He has worked at Prostate Cancer UK for two years and before that worked for Battersea for four years. 

Non executives

John Griffith-Jones has been appointed as the chair of debt advice charity, StepChange Debt Charity, following his tenure as the chair of the Financial Conduct Authority and its subsidiary, the Payment Systems Regulator. Prior to this, he was the CEO of KPMG and holds a number of voluntary roles including his role as chair of the National Numeracy Trust.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has appointed three new additions to its board of trustees.

Mike Owen, a senior partner at management consultancy Owen Morris Strategic, will be the chair of the board (replacing Dawn Whittaker) and will be joined by Maggie Bradley and Richard Rickwood. 

The EY Foundation, a young people’s charity, has appointed Nafisa Bakker, CEO of a Muslim women’s media company as a trustee and investment consultant, and David Konotey-Ahulu, co-founder of two investment consultancies, as a patron.

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