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Who’s Moving: British Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy UK, Pilotlight and more

28 Jan 2019 News

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

Tanya Barron, outgoing chief executive, Plan International UK

Chief executive

Muscular Dystrophy UK has appointed Catherine Woodhead as chief executive. 

She was previously director of development at the charity and has held a number of roles at small and large charities. She said: “I am excited and privileged to take on the challenge of leading Muscular Dystrophy UK. We will seek to reach each and every one of the 70,000 people in the UK with progressive and potentially life threatening muscle-wasting conditions.

“People are living longer and enjoying a better quality of life thanks to improvements in care and treatment, but there is still much to do until we find effective treatments and cures for all muscle-wasting conditions.” 

Finance and operations 

Citizens Advice has appointed Rebecca Woolley as director of Citizens Advice Cymru. She replaces Fran Targett who retired from the post in mid-January. Woolley joined from Action on Hearing Loss, where she was its Wales director. 

She said: “Citizens Advice Cymru has a pivotal role in supporting people with the difficult challenges they face day to day. I look forward to working with our wide network of stakeholders to continue to develop our work in Wales.”

Fundraising and communications 

Katie Simmons will join British Red Cross as director of fundraising strategy and innovation in March. She currently works for Diabetes UK as assistant director of engagement and partnerships.

Non-executive roles 

Tanya Barron, outgoing chief executive at Plan UK, is to become chair of Affinity Trust, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities. 

She will take over from Malcolm Thomas, whose term ends in September. 

Sally Bailey, former CEO of the lifestyle brand White Stuff, has become the new chair of Pilotlight, a charity that connects Pilotlighters (its business members) with charity leaders to help charities become more effective and sustainable.

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