Who's Moving: Carnegie Trust, Centre for Ageing Better and Independent Age

24 Jun 2019 News

Sophie Walker

Our summary of the latest movers in the charity sector.

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Independent Age has announced the appointment of Deborah Alsina MBE as chief executive.

Alsina has been chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK for 10 years and will join Independent Age in October.

The Carnegie Trust has appointed the director-general for organisational development and operations at the Scottish Government, Sarah Davidson, to become its chief executive.

Davidson will join the charity, set up in 1913 by Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, in early August.

Young Women’s Trust, the charity that supports young women on low or no pay, has appointed Sophie Walker, founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party, as its chief executive.

Walker, previously a political journalist for Reuters news agency and disability rights campaigner for the National Autistic Society, will take over from Dr Carole Easton, who announced her resignation in March after five years leading the charity.

Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service, the voluntary sector support organisation for Newcastle and Gateshead has appointed Lisa Goodwin as chief executive. Goodwin will take up the post on 1 October.

Goodwin has worked in charity infrastructure roles for most of her career, including at East Durham Trust and Voluntary Arts.

Blood cancer charity DKMS has hired Jonathan Pearce as chief executive of its UK operations to spearhead the organisation’s growth within the UK market. 

Pearce brings to DKMS over 15 years’ chief executive experience of the UK charity sector, leading organisations such as Adoption UK and, more recently, Lymphoma Action from 2013 to 2018.


The Centre for Ageing Better has appointed four associate directors across its work, healthy ageing, housing and communities programmes.

Kim Chaplain will be its associate director of work. She currently works at the Mayor’s Fund for London, focused on social mobility. She specialises in community engagement and regeneration and has extensive experience of fostering partnerships between local authorities and employment services. 

Dr Alison Giles will be its associate director of healthy ageing and will work jointly across Ageing Better and Public Health England. She has spent over 20 years in the health sector, working across the voluntary sector, national government and NHS. Most recently, she was interim chief executive of the UK Health Forum.

Dame Clare Tickell will be its associate director of housing. She is former chief executive of Hanover Housing Association and former chief executive of Action for Children. She is a qualified social worker and chairs the Early Intervention Foundation. 

Patrick Vernon will be its associate director of communities. He was the first director of Black Thrive, a mental-health agency in Lambeth, and has held senior roles in mental health and community integration organisations.

Development charity ActionAid UK has appointed Jillian Popkins as its new director of policy, advocacy and programmes.

Popkins joins ActionAid UK with over 20 years of experience in the international development sector, with a strong focus on poverty, discrimination and human rights issues.

The Just Finance Foundation has appointed Sarah Wallace as the charity’s programme director with immediate effect. 

Wallace has been working in the charity sector for 15 years, most recently as the operations director for the Honeypot Children’s Charity, an organisation that provides respite breaks and outreach support to young carers.

Teenage Cancer Trust has appointed Dr Louise Soanes as its director of services. Soanes is currently Teenage Cancer Trust nurse consultant at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Birmingham Hippodrome has appointed two new directors, Chilina Madon and Laura Smith, to lead the theatre’s award-winning marketing, sales, communications and fundraising teams. 

Madon has been promoted from head of marketing and sales to director of marketing and sales while Smith has been promoted to director of communications and fundraising from head of communications.

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