Who's Moving: British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Cancer Research UK

09 Oct 2017 News

Sir Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK

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

Chief executive

Cancer Research UK has announced that its chief executive, Sir Harpal Kumar, is planning to step down from the charity in the spring of 2018, after more than 10 years in the role.

Kumar, who has worked for the charity for more than 15 years in total, was awarded a knighthood in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for his work with the charity. Read the full story here.

St John Ambulance has appointed Depaul UK boss Martin Houghton-Brown as its next chief executive. Houghton-Brown, who has spent the past five years as chief executive of youth homelessness charity Depaul UK, will also head up the parent charity, The Priory of England & The Islands of the Order of St John.

He will take up the post in January, succeeding former chief executive Sue Killen, who left in August after 10 years at the charity. There is currently a period of transition under the leadership of temporary chief executive David Springthorpe. Read the full story here.

StepChange Debt Charity has appointed Phil Andrew as its new chief executive. He will take up the post on 20 November, taking over from Mike O’Connor. Andrew’s most recent role was as chief executive of Working Links, which provides services for disadvantaged and socially-excluded groups.

Social Investment Business has appointed Nick Temple, currently deputy chief executive at Social Enterprise UK, as its new chief executive. Temple, who has been deputy chief executive at SEUK for six years, will take up his new role in January. He previously worked with the British Council and charity UnLtd, and before that was director of policy and communications at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Read the full story here. 


The British Red Cross has announced that Professor Geeta Nargund and Lewis Iwu will join the organisation as trustees to the board from 1 January 2018.

Nargund is the founder and medical director of create fertility and a director of the Walking Egg Foundation, a charity based in Belgium for global access to fertility care. She is also a senior consultant gynaecologist and lead consultant for reproductive medicine at St George’s Hospital, London.

Iwu is director of strategic communications firm Finsbury. Iwu has a background in campaigns, coalition building, public policy and the role of business in society. Lewis was formerly the founding director of the Fair Education Alliance, an advocacy coalition of over 90 charities and corporates seeking to change the education system.

Fitness charity Active Cheshire announced Paul Hancock at its new chair. Hancock has served the fire service as chief officer for the past eight years and led public service transformation at a local and national level.

The organisation continues to attract high calibre trustees and recently welcomed Martin Pearson, managing director of nuclear fuel firm Urenco and Dr Dan Bunstone, chair of Warrington clinical commissioning group, to the team.


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