Who’s Moving: Children’s Trust, Stonewall, Bond and more

30 Oct 2023 News

In this fortnightly column, Civil Society looks at people moving roles in the UK charity sector. This week, there are CEO appointments at the Children’s Trust, Bond and more...

Mike Thiedke is the incoming chief executive of the Children's Trust.

Children’s Trust recruits CEO

The Children’s Trust has appointed Mike Thiedke as its incoming chief executive. He will start the role in mid-November. 

He will succeed Mike Maddick, who has been acting as interim CEO since last December. Maddick will return to his role as director of resources. 

Thiedke will join the charity from youth homelessness charity Depaul UK which he has led for over five years.

He said: “For the past 15 years, my career has been dedicated to providing opportunities for children and families to live the best life possible – a value that also drives the work of the Children’s Trust and every member of staff who works here. 
“I will strive to maintain momentum on the charity’s recovery plan to help us build a strong foundation on which to launch our ambitions for an exciting future, where we can do even more and better for the children with brain injury and neuro disability and the families we exist to support.” 

Bond appoints CEO 

Romilly Greenhill has been appointed as Bond’s CEO and will be starting the role next month. She succeeds Stephanie Draper, who led the charity for over four years. 

Greenhill is currently UK director at the ONE Campaign, a role she has held for six years where she leads campaigns on global health and has worked with Bond and other NGO networks.

She said: “This is a really exciting time for the sector, with new opportunities to advance our mission to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.

“I’m also really committed to continuing the great work that Bond has started to decolonise international development, and to promote anti-racist approaches across the sector.

“I’m a strong believer in the power of civil society to create real and lasting change, and so I couldn’t be more excited to be joining this strong and vibrant network hub.”

Ellenor hires CEO 

Ellenor, a hospice charity, has appointed Michelle Kabia as its CEO.

Kabia joins from Mind in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Redbridge, a charity she has been with for 18 years. Before that, she was director of support services at Strutton Housing for three years and an area manager at Turning Point for 10 years. 

She aims to strengthen the charity’s relationship with local partners like Mind, Alzheimer’s Association, Age UK and Stonewall and expand the organisation’s engagement with underrepresented communities. 

Housing charity CEO steps down 

Kathy Mohan, CEO of the Christian homelessness charity Housing Justice, has announced that she will retire in April after leading the charity for seven years. 

She said: “It has been a privilege to serve Housing Justice and I am grateful to everyone who has helped us to grow our work supporting churches to address local housing need.

“We have built excellent relationships with supporters and stakeholders (including our funders) across the homelessness sector. 

“Our team in Wales has grown from one part-time member of staff to 15; and we have had great success in attracting funding into the winter night shelter network to help shelters move from communal to single-room accommodation where possible. I am proud of all that the team has achieved.”

Stonewall appoints chair and managing director

Catherine Dixon has been appointed as chair of the LGBTQ+ charity following the departure of Iain Anderson who has acted as chair for the last year. 

Dixon is the charity’s longest serving trustee, sitting on the board since January 2018. She is currently the director general of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

She said: “I will do my best to provide inspirational and supportive leadership to Stonewall as it continues, with its partners, to fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ people and to win hearts and minds to get the UK back on track as the world leader for LGBTQ+ equality.” 

Ayla Holdom has been elected as vice chair of the charity, working jointly in the role alongside Jean Vianney. 

Ben Whur has also started work as managing director of the charity and will be leading the organisation’s work over the next nine months. 

Cancer52 recruits chair

Anne MacDowell has been appointed as chair of the board for Cancer52, a registered charity that represents an alliance of 115 cancer charities. 

Some member charities include Brain Tumour Research, Blood Cancer UK, DKMS, Teenage Cancer Trust and more. 

MacDowell has worked in healthcare for over 40 years in Europe, Asia and the United States. She takes over from Rebecca Porta, who has been interim chair of the charity for over a year. 

Jane Lyons, CEO of Cancer52, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Anne as our new chair. She has all the qualities we were looking for - energy, experience, and the networks and a vision to take Cancer52 to the next level.”  

Four trustees appointed to road safety charity

Road safety charity Brake has appointed four new trustees to its board. 

  • Lucy Haines is founder and consultant for Tollymore Consulting. She has experience as a finance director. 
  • Peter Allen is an independent consultant and was an executive director of National Highways for six years.
  • Simon Bradbury is a freelance transport safety expert working with the City of London Corporation. She has over 20 years’ experience in transport safety and strategy. 
  • Mark Byard is director of safety, health, environment and security at Cadent Gas Ltd. He has spent over 20 years working in safety roles. 

Ross Moorlock, interim CEO of Brake, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to further strengthen our fantastic board with the addition of our four new trustees” 

Reappointments to the NCS board

The NCS Trust has announced that it is re-appointing Jacquie Nnochiri and Deborah Tavana as members of its royal charter board of directors from 1 January 2024 to the end of 2027. 

Nnochiri works in mainstream education and has done so for the last 15 years. Tavana is the owner and director of Deliberate, a human resources consultancy company. 

Mark Gifford, CEO of NCS Trust, said: I am delighted at the reappointment of Jacquie and Deborah. Their skills, experience and commitment to young people are needed at this pivotal moment for NCS.

“Our new strategy will focus on how we can best deliver the National Youth Guarantee and level up opportunities across the country.

“We will focus particularly on supporting those young people who will benefit most from the life-enhancing experiences NCS offers them, helping them to become world-ready and work-ready.”

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