Who’s Moving: Bowel Cancer UK, Shelter, Terrence Higgins Trust and more

25 Sep 2017 News

Lowri Griffiths, the new head of Wales for Bowel Cancer UK

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

Chief executive

Bowel Cancer UK has appointed Lowri Griffiths as its first ever head of Wales, the first time the charity has had a presence in the country.

Griffiths joins the charity from Macmillan, where she was previously policy and public affairs manager for Wales. Prior to that Griffiths was head of communications and external affairs for Stroke Association Wales.

Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said the appointment of Griffiths: “is the start of realising our strategic ambition to grow our presence in the country, so we can increase our impact and deliver on our strategy to improve outcomes for all those affected by bowel cancer in Wales”.

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre has appointed Andy Cook as its new chief executive.

Cook joins the dyslexia charity in October from assistance dogs training charity Canine Partners where he has been chief executive for the last eight years. Prior to joining Canine Partners, Cook was deputy chief executive of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

He replaces Bernadette McLean who had been chief executive of the charity since 2006. She stepped down from her post at the end of August.

Adult health and social care organisation Making Space has announced the appointment of Rachel Peacock as its new chief executive.

Peacock had previously been the charity’s director of development for the last three years. The charity has also rebranded itself with a new logo.

Peacock has worked in the charity sector since 1991, working on the frontline with Healthwise Helpline, Liverpool CVS and as a youth worker for Liverpool City Council. She joined Action for Children in 2006, before joining the National Youth Advocacy Service as business development manager in 2011.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has appointed Alex Pumfrey as its new chief executive.

Pumfrey will take up her new role with CTBF in October. Most recently, she was the chief operating officer of Digital UK. She also previously worked in digital strategy at Channel 4.  

She takes over from D’Arcy Myers who has served as the charity’s interim chief executive since September 2016.

Fundraising and communications

Former Labour Party director Greg Beales has joined homelessness and housing charity Shelter as its new director of communications, policy and campaigns.

Beales joins Shelter from multinational advertising and PR firm WPP, where he worked as senior director from 2015 to 2017. Prior to that, Beales was executive director for strategy and planning at the Labour Party for five years, and a senior adviser to the then Labour Government in Downing Street.

Beales take up his new role this month, and will report to Shelter’s new chief executive Polly Neate, who joined the organisation in August.

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Non executive

Medical research charity Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (Raft) has appointed Doctor Niccolo Caderini as the new chair of its trustee board.

Caderini, an astrophysicist by training, is currently a European Space Agency Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He has also served on the Board of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussel, and is currently chair of ETT, a company that creates multi-media interpretations for Museums.  

Caderini takes over as chair of Raft from Francis Gugen, who will be retiring from the post after seven years, to take up a new role as chair of Smart Matrix Ltd – a for-profit company spun out of Raft.

The Terrence Higgins Trust has appointed a new advisory board to help steer its chief executive and trustees, which includes Stonewall co-founder Lisa Power and former Hove MP Ivor Caplin.

The new advisory board will be chaired by Caplin, and includes members such as Ethan Spibey, founder for Freedom to Donate and HIV Activist Winnie Sseruma, as well as Lisa Power, co-founder of Stonewall and former policy director at the Trust.

The six-person-strong advisory board will not have decision-making powers, but will instead provide what the charity calls “confidential challenge and scrutiny” for the Trust’s chief executive and board of trustees. 


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