Who’s Moving: Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie, Battersea, and more

26 Apr 2021 News

Maria McGill is returning to Marie Curie as a trustee

Matthew Taylor appointed as new chief executive of the NHS Confederation

Matthew Taylor, former chief executive of the Royal Society for Arts (RSA), has been appointed as the new chief executive of the NHS Confederation.

He will join the NHS Confederation in the summer after 15 years leading the RSA. 

Taylor will take over from Danny Mortimer, who has been acting chief executive of the NHS Confederation since September 2020. 

He will join the NHS Confederation as the organisation launches a new strategy.

Taylor said: “The NHS is the most revered institution this country has created and is admired around the world. It represents the best of us and will play a vital role as we start the recovery process from coronavirus. I am proud to be joining the NHS Confederation at this pivotal time, as we look to build on the innovation and new ways of working that have been a feature of the pandemic and lock them in to improve care for the public.

“I started my career researching health policy and have worked with health and care leaders over the years. Some of the most impressive and talented people I have met work in the NHS. I look forward to supporting and working alongside our inspirational members.”

Changing Faces announces new chief executive

Changing Faces has appointed Heather Blake as its new chief executive. 

Blake is currently the director of support and influencing at Prostate Cancer UK. 

Blake has held senior operational and strategic management roles in the NHS, including responsibility for community health services in Lambeth and Southwark as part of Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a trustee and chair of the patient services committee at Royal Trinity Hospice, Clapham.

She will join Changing Faces on 17 May.

Blake said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Changing Faces as its new chief executive and I look forward to working with the team who have already achieved so much when it comes to supporting people with a visible difference.

“I’m hugely impressed by the way Changing Faces listens to those it supports and puts their voices and experiences at the heart of everything it does. It is a privilege to be able to lead the charity in the next stage of its journey, seeking to grow that impact and empower even more people to live with confidence and self-esteem.”

Changing Faces director of fundraising and communications, Catherine Deakin, will also take on the role of deputy chief executive, in addition to her current responsibilities.

Battersea appoints Peter Laurie as its new chief executive

Battersea has appointed Peter Laurie as its new chief executive. Laurie will step into the role with immediate effect, having held the position of interim chief executive since January, following the departure of Claire Horton from the charity.

He joined Battersea in February 2015 as director of operations, becoming deputy chief executive in March 2017.

He said: “I feel very honoured and excited to be asked to lead Battersea. It’s a charity I am deeply committed to and a cause I am truly passionate about. As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, our staff, volunteers and supporters are as determined now as at any time in our history to be here for every dog and cat that needs us. We look forward to harnessing new opportunities and working in partnership with colleagues across the UK and around the world to create brighter futures for these wonderful animals”.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust appoints new chief executive

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity, has appointed Sam Dixon as its new chief executive. 

Dixon will join in May 2021, replacing Robert Music who stepped down in January after leading the charity for twelve years.

She joins Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust after spending seven years as the chief executive of Weston Park Cancer Charity, the regional cancer charity for the 1.8 million people across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.  

She also brings her personal experience of cervical cell changes to her new role. She said: “In the 1990s I received treatment after my smear test showed I had cervical cell changes; back then there was no Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to whom women like me could turn to for support and information. 

“It is clear that Jo’s is well-loved and highly-regarded by those who work with, those who benefit from, and those who contribute to the success of the charity. I am immensely proud and privileged to have been invited to lead Jo’s, building on the excellent work of my predecessor, the volunteer and the staff team to enable the charity to be in the strongest position to fulfil its vision and mission over the coming years.”

Dixon has worked at a wide range of charities including Barnardo’s, Age UK and the Prince’s Trust in a variety of fundraising, marketing and leadership roles. 

Scottish Huntington’s Association appoints chief executive

Scottish Huntington’s Association has appointed Alistair Haw as its chief executive officer, following the retirement of John Eden who has left the organisation after serving 11 years in the post.

Haw has been with the charity for five years in the role of National Care Framework Lead and has been at the forefront of moves to improve the lives of families impacted by Huntington’s disease.

Prior to joining SHA he worked as a political and media adviser at both the UK and Scottish parliaments and account director and devolved nations lead at PR agency Kindred. 

He said: “It has been an honour to have worked for SHA for the past five years - meeting and working with HD families, seeking to understand the challenges they face and fighting for solutions, both with them and on their behalf.”

Royal Society of Medicine appoints Hamish Thomas to lead digital strategy

The Royal Society of Medicine has appointed Hamish Thomas to the RSM Council, the Society’s governing body.

Thomas is a partner with Ernst & Young (EY) and he leads the UK Banking Technology team. 

His appointment is effective from 1 April 2021. He will also sit on the RSM’s business development committee and chair the RSM’s digital working group, helping build the vision and strategy for digital capability across all areas of the Society’s activities.

Thomas said: “The Society has a great opportunity to reach more healthcare professionals with high quality and relevant education by delivering it in a way most suited to their needs, through the practical application of digital technology. I am looking forward to working with Professor Kirby and the whole team in supporting the important work undertaken by the Society.”

St John Ambulance Cymru welcomes new chief operating officer

St John Ambulance Cymru has appointed Benjamin Savage as its new chief operating officer, effective from June 2021.

Savage joins the charity having previously held the role of head of planning and programmes for event planning at St John Ambulance in England.

The role, which is a new position within the senior management team at the charity, will see him managing the development and delivery of services within a newly integrated operational department, incorporating healthcare, training, and community services, as well as volunteer-delivered activity.

The announcement follows the recent implementation of a new leadership structure within the charity including the appointment of the director of people and organisational development, Andy Jones and their new director of finance and corporate services, Darren Pritchard.

CRUK appoints Bayo Adelaja as a trustee

Bayo Adelaja has been appointed as a trustee at Cancer Research UK.

Adelaja brings to the role a wealth of experience in technology-driven diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is founder and chief executive of the open innovation racial justice organisation Do It Now Now.

Leszek Borysiewicz, chair of Cancer Research UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Bayo to our governing council. Her extensive expertise in operational development and strategic planning, particularly around equality, diversity and inclusion, makes her a hugely valuable addition to the charity. I am excited at the prospect of working with her more closely.”

Adelaja also sits on Access, The Foundation for Social Investment’s Flexible Finance Investment Committee, and is a trustee at Prince’s Trust International and Centre for London. In 2020 she was recognised by the Mayor of London’s Pay it Forward campaign as one of the top five people supporting the city’s business community.

Former Marie Curie Nurse returns to charity as a new trustee

Maria McGill is returning to Marie Curie as a trustee, 24 years after starting her leadership career with the UK’s leading end of life charity.

McGill started her career as a registered general nurse in 1983, and she has held two chief executive positions at the Children’s Hospices Across Scotland from 2010 to 2020, and Highland Hospice, 2004 to 2010. 

She has served as a trustee for various organisations including Together for Short Lives and chair for the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care Council.

Between 1997 and 2004 she was a clinical services manager and centre manager at the former building for the Glasgow Marie Curie Hospice, known as Hunters Hill.

Heart Of England Community Foundation welcomes two new trustees      

Heart of England Community Foundation has announced that two new people will be joining its board. 

Jasmin Koasha and Calum Nisbet have been appointed as trustees, following the charity’s record-breaking 12 months, which has seen it award over £5.7m to community projects since the start of the pandemic. 

Koasha is a solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors, and Nisbet, the commercial director at Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

Phil Ewing, chair at Heart of England Community Foundation, said: “The board are delighted that our number is to be swollen by two very skilled, well connected and willing new trustees from across the West Midlands. Their knowledge and experience will continue to broaden and diversify both the board and the Foundation as a whole.”

Myeloma UK appoints Simon Linnett as new chair 

Myeloma UK has announced that Simon Linnett, vice-chairman of Rothschild & Co in London and non-executive chair of the NHS Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been elected as chairman of the board.

He replaces Marc Gordon, who retires from the board in April 2021 after nine years.

The Myeloma UK Board also welcomes two more trustees: Andrea Abrahams, global commercial alliance lead and chief of staff at Astrazeneca  (AZ) PLC, and Paul Brocklehurst, chief information officer of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Linnett said: “Myeloma UK is a strong institution which has made major differences to the diagnosis and treatment of a complex and incurable blood cancer.  I consider myself very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to contribute to the next phase of development, which will address the continuing unmet patient need in diagnosis, treatment and care.

“I would like to pay tribute to the effort and drive invested in the organisation by retiring chairman, Marc Gordon, and look forward to building on the strong track record delivered by the president, Judy Dewinter, board of trustees, chief executive Laura Kerby, and the whole Myeloma UK team.”

The Nuffield Foundation announces new trustee

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Lorraine Dearden to its board.

Dearden is professor of economics and social statistics at the Department of Social Science at the Institute of Education, University College London. She is a specialist in the economics of education, a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an IZA fellow.

Dearden was formerly a research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and chaired the research commissioning board of ADR UK, which aims to transform the way researchers access public sector data in a safe and secure way. 

She said: “I am both honoured and delighted to be appointed as a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. The Foundation’s commitment to improving the life chances of people from disadvantaged backgrounds is something that I care deeply about and has motivated and driven my research throughout my career. 

“I look forward to working with the Foundation to develop a challenging, innovative and exciting research agenda that will help promote educational opportunity and social well-being as we emerge from difficult times.”

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