Who’s Moving: Bloodwise, NSPCC and more

20 Mar 2017 News

Gemma Peters, chief executive of Bloodwise

Our weekly round-up of all the latest movers in the charity sector.

Chief executive

Blood cancer charity Bloodwise has announced the appointment of Gemma Peters as its chief executive. 

Peters will join the charity in September from King’s College London and King’s Health Partners, where she is currently executive director of fundraising and supporter development. 

In her time with King’s College, Peters was conceived and led on the organisation’s World Questions King’s Answers campaign which raised more than £610m over 10 years. 

Karen Deacon has been appointed the chief executive of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

Deacon joins the organisation from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) where she was director of education and social care.

She also previously worked for Young Epilepsy, following a career in the NHS. She’s also a trained nurse. 

Fundraising and communications 

The NSPCC has appointed Simon Lande, the former chief executive of a digital quality management firm, as its new director of fundraising and engagement. 

Lande will join the organisation having recently sold the “highly successful digital quality management firm” he founded. 

While this will be his first job in charity, Lande has previously volunteered for the NSPCC through its Speak Out. Stay Safe programme and has also offered voluntary development support for the organisation’s Childline website in the past. 

He replaces Nigel Spencer, who has held the role on an interim basis since Paul Farthing left the organisation in May last year. 

National poverty charity Turn2Us has appointed Jamie Grier as its first director of development. 

Grier is currently the director of fundraising at Achievement for All, and will join Turn2Us in April. 

He will be primarily responsible for the charity’s “long-term funding strategy”. 

Non executive

London’s Air Ambulance has appointed three new trustees to its board who bring a “wealth of experience across the charity, banking and finance, communications accounting, audit, governance and medical research sectors”. 

The three new trustees are named as: Bob Forsyth, Ed Owen and Adrian Walker. Forsyth is the UK head of audit quality and a partner at EY; Walker is currently head of global transaction banking at Lloyd Banking Group and Owen is head of engagement and communications at Medicines Discovery Catapult and was formerly the chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Disabled people’s charity Revitalise has appointed Olympic showjumper Nick Skelton as its latest honorary ambassador. 

Skelton won individual gold in showjumping at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. At the time of his victory, he became the oldest British Olympic gold medallist since 1908.  He was awarded an OBE for services to equestrian sport in 2012, which was elevated to a CBE in 2016. 

He joins fellow Team GB athletes Dan Bentley and David Smith as ambassadors for the charity. 

Former Indian cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as Unicef and Cricket for Good Ambassador. 

Tendulkar’s appointment is part of a collaboration between Unicef and the International Cricket Council to “leverage the vast reach and power of cricket and communicate the importance of sport for girls and women”. 

Tendulkar represented India over 600 times in all forms of international cricket and is the current record holder in terms of number of runs made in both Test and One Day International cricket. He is also the first player in the history of the game to score more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. 


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