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25 Jul 2022 News

Dr Kit Sturgess is the chair of Cats Protection

Cats Protection

Cats Protection appoints chair

Cats Protection has appointed Dr Kit Sturgess as its new chair. He succeeds Dr Angela Swarbrick who had been interim chair since February. 

Linda Upson stepped down as chair in January, when interim chief executive Charles Darley quit the role after three months. Darley had raised concerns about governance relating to Upson housing 18 cats in her three-bedroom house. He was worried this went against the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) cat welfare code of conduct. Upson stepped down from the role shortly after the news. 

Sturgess has been a trustee of Cats Protection for four years and is the editor-in-chief of online journal Veterinary Evidence. Formerly he was chair of the Wildheart Trust and treasurer for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

He will continue to implement the charity’s 10-year strategy. 

Sturgess said: “I am very honoured to become Cats Protection’s new chair of trustees, especially at a time when the charity is delivering an ambitious strategy to have a huge impact on the health, welfare and well-being of the UK’s cats.”

Emergency Nutrition Network announces first CEO

The UK international development charity Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) has announced the appointment of its first chief executive. Nigel Tricks will join the 25-year-old organisation in September. 

Tricks joins from the Norwegian Refugee Council where he has been regional director for East Africa and Yemen for almost five years. He worked in a similar role at Oxfam for three years and has held senior leadership roles at Save the Children UK, Concern Worldwide and Unicef. 

On his appointment, Tricks said: “I am familiar with ENN’s extraordinary reputation and the huge respect all stakeholders have for it.  I am excited and humbled to take up this role as its first CEO. I look forward to working with the team to build strategies that enable us to support those at the frontline in the battle against malnutrition. I’m also looking forward to representing this creative and productive organisation in a time of huge challenge for the global nutrition sector, the wider humanitarian community, and for those facing the overlapping crises of conflict, climate shocks, and COVID-19.”   

National Star appoints chief executive

Lynette Barrett has been appointed chief executive of National Star, a Gloucestershire-based charity that supports young people with disabilities. She succeeds David Ellis, who has been in the role for 12 years. 

Barrett has held senior leadership roles at National Star for several years. 

Paul Styles, chair of trustees, said: ‘The trustees decided that Lynette’s particular skills and experience make her an ideal person to lead the organisation.’

New CEO for Chailey Heritage Foundation 

Gareth Germer joins the foundation as its new chief executive in September. He succeeds Helen Hewitt who became the Sussex organisation's first chief executive in 2013.

Germer joins from Samaritans' where he has been chief operating officer for four years. He has previously worked for NSPCC and Rethink. 

Ide to chair Reach Volunteering

Jane Ide has been appointed as the chair of Reach Volunteering. She succeeds Andrew Dent, whose term will end in September after nine years in the role. 

Ide is chief executive of ACEVO and previously led NAVCA, the national body for local voluntary sector infrastructure in England. She is a trustee of the Access Foundation for Social Investment and was awarded an OBE last year for her services to charity and volunteering. 

She said: “It is a real privilege to be offered the opportunity to chair Reach Volunteering, an organisation I have known and held in high regard for many years, and to be working alongside its CEO Janet Thorne at a time of real opportunity and development for the charity.”

Reach also appointed Deborah Morton-Dare as its treasurer. She replaces Graham Warner, who has served for nine years in the role. Morton-Dare is a chartered accountant, company director and trainer on corporate governance for the Institute of Directors. 

New chair for the Pets at Home Foundation 

Robert Kent has been appointed the new chair of the Pets at Home Foundation. He takes over from Louise Stonier, who has led the charity for over 15 years. 

Kent joined the charity as chief data officer in 2018. Since joining, he has created a data and analytics capability from scratch. Before that, he worked at Royal Mail, Carphone Warehouse, Epiphany and Capgemini. 

On his appointment, Kent said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Pets at Home Foundation as chair. It is a wonderful charity that understands the difference pets make to people’s lives and works tirelessly to create a better world for pets and the people who love them.”

New chair for KIDS

Diana Sutton becomes the new chair of KIDS, a charity for disabled children and young people. She succeeds theatre director Stephen Unwin, who has occupied the role for almost six years.  

She has over 30 years’ experience in the charity sector and was formerly a trustee of the charity. She is also director of the Bell Foundation and trustee of Children’s Rights Alliance for England. She has worked at high-profile charities such as NSPCC, Save the Children and Citizens Advice.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust appoints new chair

The Trust has appointed Anup Mysoor as its new chair. He succeeds Peter Kyle, who will step down in September after eleven years in post. 

Mysoor has work experience in banking and asset management. He worked at Citibank for over two decades in London and Hong Kong as a managing director in investment banking. He is a governor at Oxford Brookes University and is on Oxfam’s board for enterprise development. 

Ralph Bernard, chair of the Trust’s nominations and remunerations committee, said: “We were looking for a candidate with an exceptional range of inclusive leadership skills combined with a real empathy for our mission and values, and an understanding of the transformative power of Shakespeare’s words and legacy. Anup’s talent and experience will be wonderful assets to the Trust as it rises to future challenges and his passion for Shakespeare’s stories and our work shines brightly.”

Disability Sports Coach announces chair

Karen Sobah has been appointed as the disability charity’s new chair. She succeeds Chris Mounsey-Thear, who has been in post for ten years. 

Sobah has over 20 years’ experience in the charity sector, and is former CEO and chair of BeyondAutism. 

Sobah’s daughter, Alex, is an active member of the Disability Sports Coach’s Community Clubs and online activities. 

On her appointment, Sobah said: “I am delighted to take on the role of chair of trustees at Disability Sports Coach and proud to be part of an organisation that provides and promotes access to sports for all disabled people. I am looking forward to working with CEO Peter Ackred, the executive team and the dedicated board of trustees to deliver our vision to enable all disabled people to enjoy active lives and feel connected to a supportive community.”

New chair for Resources for Autism 

Nick Hine has been appointed Resources for Autism’s chair. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has lived experience of autism. Hine is a senior Royal Navy officer and most recently he was second sea lord and deputy chief of the naval staff. 

Hine said: “I was diagnosed with ASD in 2010 and it felt like a weight had been lifted in terms of my understanding of who I was. It also allowed me to make sense of how the world looked - designed by neurotypical people for neurotypical people. I have always been clear that I consider my autism to be a gift, but I recognise that others often need more help. Resources for Autism does just that; it provides help for families and individuals who need it. I am delighted to be involved. I hope to be able to support Dolyanna and the team to make a difference in delivering to those who need it. I can’t wait to get started.”

Gordon Moody appoints chair 

One of the UK’s largest gambling addiction charities, Gordon Moody, has appointed Nazir Badat as its new chair of trustees. 

He has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services at Morgan Stanley, UBS and HSBC. 

Mountain Training Trust welcomes chair and trustees

The Mountain Training Trust has appointed a chair and three trustees. 

Peter Ashman becomes chair after two years as a trustee at the charity. During his career he has been CEO of the international health information and education company BMJ Publishing. 

The new trustees are:  

  • Ben Coates – chief of staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and a trustee of the charity Diverse Cymru. 
  • Lisa Dickinson - has nearly 15 years’ experience in the private sector. 
  • Matthew Tennant - is chair of OutdoorLads, a charity that runs outdoor activities fro the LGBTQ community. 

Power to Change welcomes three trustee directors

Anne-Marie Harris, Deepa Shah and Hardev Virdee have joined Power to Change as trustee directors. 

  • Anne-Marie Harris is chief finance officer for Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. She is also the chair of the audit committee for Theatre for a Change UK, a charity that works in Malawi and Ghana with women and girls.
  • Deepa Shah is the people director for Bupa. She is an executive coach and works with the East London Business Alliance to support and mentor CEOs of small charities
  • Hardev Virdee is the group financial officer for the Barts Health NHS Trust.

New trustees for Medical Research Foundation 

The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) has appointed four new trustees to its board.

Professor Nicholas Lemoine, chair of MRF, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome these outstanding new trustees, who bring with them a wealth of experience in medical research; specifically within paediatric and renal medicine, as well as finance and investments. 

“Their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as we strive to invest £50 million in life-changing medical research by 2029, including much-needed new research into eating disorders, pain, and the impact of climate change on health.”

The new trustees are: 

  • Professor Rosalind Smyth is a director of UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and honorary consultant respiratory paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
  • Professor Richard Howard is a professor of renal medicine at the University of Bristol and consultant paediatric nephrologist at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. 
  • Jonathan Beck is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years experiences in financial services. Most recently he was chief financial officer at Worldwide Cancer Research. He is also on the board of two charities linked to MRF, Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) and the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD).
  • Richard Walters is an investment professional with over 15 years in the sector. Formerly he was investment manager at the Wellcome Trust. He is also a trustee and treasurer of the Abbey Centre. 

Cancer Research UK appoints director of policy 

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has appointed Dr Owen Jackson as its new director of policy. He joins in August. 

Executive director of policy, information and communications, Dr Ian Walker said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Owen as our new director of policy. Owen has a strong track record ensuring that UK policy is driven by the best possible science and evidence, and I know he will be a brilliant addition to Cancer Research UK. He has a huge amount of experience leading on key outcomes such as the science elements of the UK-US New Atlantic Charter, and the initiation of the UK-US Cancer Summit, and I’m really looking forward to working with him as we continue our mission to beat cancer.”

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance appoints operations director

Paul Curtis has been appointed aviation and operations director at Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. He will be working with current operations director Cliff Gale, who has been in the role for 15 years, to ensure a smooth handover. 

He joins from Black Triangle Aviation Limited Ltd. He has experience working with Jet2 holidays and as a co-pilot for London’s Air Ambulance Charity. 

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