Who’s moving: Cancer Research UK, The Prince’s Trust, Horniman Museum and more

24 Jul 2017 News

Janet Vitmayer, former chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens

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

Chief executive

Janet Vitmayer is set to step down from her role as chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London in March 2018.

Vitmayer is stepping down from a role that she has held with the charity since 1998, in which time she has lead a number of fundraising campaigns and helped transformed the charity’s galleries, buildings and gardens. She has also overseen a 300 per cent increase in visitor numbers.

She will continue her connection with the wider charitable museum sector however, as a trustee of both the Hunterian Collection and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Fundraising and communications

Asthma UK has appointed Nina Blackett as its new director of digital and marketing, joining the organisation from Macmillan Cancer Support where she was previously head of digital development.

Blackett will be responsible for the strategic development, direction and delivery of Asthma UK’s digital and media teams.

She has over 20 year’s experience working in a variety of roles both within and without the voluntary sector. Alongside her last role with Macmillan, Blackett worked in the commercial and public sectors with Oxford University Press and BMJ.

Non executive

James Wates has been appointed as chair of The Prince’s Trust Corporate Advisory Group. The group is responsible for advising the charity on its position in the corporate world.  

Wates, who is chair of the Wates Group, was previously chair of the trust’s Built Environment Leadership Group – which is a collaboration between the charity’s corporate partners which launched in 2005.

Alongside his work at the Prince’s Trust, Wates is also vice chair of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, a governor of the Emmanuel School and the University of Westminster and is a patron of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust.

Cancer Research UK has announced the appointment of two new trustees to its governing council.

The charity has named both Dame Amanda Fisher and Sir Michael Richards as its new trustees. Fisher will take her place on the council from the 1 October 2017, while Richards will join one month later.

Fisher is director of The Medical Research Council London Institute of Medical Sciences and is also head of the Institute of Clinical Sciences at Imperial College London’s Hammersmith Campus.  She was made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours 2017 for her advocacy for women in science as well as her own scientific achievements.

Richards has just retired as the First Chief Inspector of Hospitals for England at the Care Quality Commission, a role he took up in July 2013. He was also director for Reducing Premature Mortality at NHS England and was also National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. He was knighted in 2010 for services to medicine.

The Money Advice Trust has appointed two new trustees to its board. Lawrence Slade is chief executive at Energy UK, the trade association for the UK energy industry, while Paul Smee is director general of the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Both trustees will commence their terms in September 2017, replacing current members Jenny Watson and Tracey Bleakley who will be standing down. 


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