Who’s Moving: Causeway, Refuge, Fundraising Regulator and more

02 Oct 2023 News

In this fortnightly column, Civil Society looks at people moving roles in the UK charity sector. There are CEO appointments at Causeway, Christians Against Poverty and ReachOut.

Helen Ball is incoming CEO of Causeway

Modern slavery charity appoints new CEO

Modern slavery charity Causeway has announced the appointment of its CEO Helen Ball. She will succeed Ed Newton, who will be leaving the charity in November after 11 years at the helm. 

She will join Causeway from Leeds Community Foundation where she has been development director since 2021. 

Before this, she was CEO of Barnsley Civic Enterprise Trust Lt for over eight years. 

On her appointment, she said: “I am proud and excited to have been chosen as the next chief executive officer for Causeway. The charity delivers such vital support to those most vulnerable, and so often provides the lifeline that unlocks a safer and brighter future for so many. I look forward to building on the incredible success already achieved by the team and working with partners both current and new, to help build and advocate for a fairer and safer society.”

Christians Against Poverty hires CEO

The debt help charity, Christians Against Poverty (CAP), has hired Stewart McCulloch as its new CEO. He will take up the role next year and take over from interim CEO Lisa Pearce. 

McCulloch will join the role from Stewardship, where he has been CEO for over five years. Before that, he was a director at Kingdom Bank Ltd. 

CAP’s chair of trustees, Roger Hattam, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to be welcoming Stewart to the CAP family.  Stewart’s Christian faith underpins his motivation to work with the Church in the UK to fight the effects that debt and poverty have on people’s lives.

“Stewart’s wealth of experience across church networks, finance and organisational development will be an important asset to CAP as we seek to grow our impact.”

Charity CEO steps down after 34 years

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland has appointed Lawrence Cowan as its new CEO. He will replace Andy Wynd, who is stepping down after 34 years at the helm. 

Cowan will join from Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland where he is director of income generation. Prior to this, he was director of communications and fundraising at the charity. He was chair of MND Scotland for six years, has worked at Breast Cancer Now and the Royal College of Nursing. 

Margo Whiteford, chair of SBH Scotland, said: “Finding a successor was always going to be difficult. In Lawrence, however, we have found someone with a depth of experience in the sector, a real passion for driving change, and the exceptional leadership skills we need to develop and grow.”

ReachOut hires CEO

Education charity ReachOut has appointed Ben Hilton as its CEO. He succeeds Bejal Shah, who led the charity for two years. 

Hilton joins from Dame Kelly Holmes Trust where he worked for nine and a half years, most recently as its CEO. Before that, he was director of programmes and head of young people programmes. 

Chair of ReachOut, Simon Hepburn, said: “We’re very excited to have Ben join ReachOut as our new CEO. Ben brings with him extensive experience supporting young people from under-resourced communities to grow in character, confidence and self-belief. It’s clear he has a life-long passion for making sure young people get the chances and opportunities they deserve and we’re thrilled that he’ll be bringing that drive and determination to our next chapter at ReachOut.”

Hospice charity appoints CEO

Willen Hospice has announced that Kate Broadhurst will become the charity’s CEO from next year.

She replaces Peta Wilkinson, who steps down in October after six years leading the charity. 

Broadhurst joins the hospice charity following a 23-year career at John Lewis. Her most recent role was head of branch for the Milton Keynes store. 

Interim CEO recruited at Refuge

The domestic abuse charity has appointed Ellen Miller as its interim CEO while it looks for a permanent leader. She replaces Ruth Davidson, who leaves the role after two years. 

Most recently, Miller was interim CEO at domestic abuse charity SafeLives. Previously, she has been acting chief executive of Versus Arthritis, director of Victim Support, chief executive of Empowerment and more. She is currently a board member of Together Housing Group. 

Refuge chair Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ellen to Refuge. With her breadth of experience from across the sector, she will be a great asset to the charity as she leads us through our next chapter.

“Ellen’s appointment is for an extended period, and will ensure there is stability and experienced leadership for the charity as we continue our transformation journey.”

Senior leaders appointed at FoodCycle 

The national food charity FoodCycle has appointed a new head of finance and head of programmes. 

Current head of programmes at the charity, Sophie Tebbetts, will be taking up the role of CEO next year. She will be succeeded by Pete McCabe, who joins from the Canal and River Trust. He has previously worked for Edge Foundation and the Prince’s Trust. 

The newly created role of head of finance will be taken up by Marylyn McQuaide who has over 20 years’ experience in financial services. She has held senior roles at HSBC, Deutsche Bank and more. 

New head of casework at Fundraising Regulator

Nikki Renken has been appointed as head of casework at the Fundraising Regulator. She takes over from Catherine Orr, who was in the role for six years. 

She takes on the role after serving as case manager at the regulator for the past two years.

Renken will be responsible for leading on the regulator’s casework function to regulate charitable fundraising. She has previously worked at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, British Dental Association and churches. 

She said: “I’m now looking forward to building on the increasing engagement the casework team has with the sector to ensure compliance with the code using a proportionate and realistic approach.”

Together for Short Lives appoints trustees

Children’s palliative care charity, Together for Short Lives, has appointed three new trustees to its board to “strengthen its governance”, the charity said. 

  • Rob Lightfoot is chief executive of Lifelites, which provides adaptive digital technology to children who require palliative care. He was previously CEO of Age UK Merton and is a Samaritans volunteer. 
  • Emma Aspinall is a children’s social worker and director of care at Acorns Childrens Hospice. She has previously worked with Together for Short Lives advisory council. 
  • Mark Smith is chief executive of Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices for children in Winchester. He was previously deputy chief executive and director of fundraising. 

Turn2us recruits trustees

The anti-poverty charity Turn2us has appointed three new trustees to its board to join the current ten. 

  • Jenny Oklikah is director of strategic growth at Dallaglio RugbyWorks. She was previously CEO of Fight for Peace and has worked at the Equality and Human Rights Commission as well as the UK Home Office. 
  • Kaveed Ali is chief operating officer and director of EDI at UK Community Foundations. He has previously worked at the Alzheimer’s Society. 
  • Richard Edgar is a broadcaster and journalist that now works in financial services in the City of London. He has worked at BBC, ITN, Reuters and the Financial Times. 

Thomas Lawson, CEO of Turn2us, said: “Our new trustees will play a significant role in guiding our work. They’ll help us make sure we can all afford life’s basics, but more than that, we can all thrive. 
“In Richard we have found someone with an understanding of the effect of monetary policy on everyday life. In Jenny we have someone with deep expertise in community strengthening and Kaveed brings a huge background in diversity, which speaks to the heart of our strategy.”

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