Who’s Moving: Christian Aid, ACEVO, Hospice UK, and more 

09 Aug 2021 News

Simon Blake, incoming chair of Hospice UK's Dying Matters campaign.

Simon Blake appointed chair of the Dying Matters Campaign

Hospice UK has appointed Simon Blake as the chair of its Dying Matters campaign.

Blake has been chief executive of Mental Health First Aid England since October 2018.

Blake said: “I am committed to challenging injustice wherever and however I see it. No issue should be a taboo. I believe we need a society in which everybody’s voices are heard, their experiences valued and prejudices eradicated. I want an open culture in which we talk about issues even when they frighten us, because silence and euphemism at best doesn’t help, at worst does great harm.

“I’m delighted to join The Dying Matters campaign. Too many of us are ill prepared to deal with dying, death and grief, and the last year has really brought into sharp relief just how much that has to change.”

Christian Aid appoints new chair 

John Sentamu, the former Archbishop of York, will be the next chair of Christian Aid.

Sentamu sits in the House of Lords.

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and current chair, will stand down at Christian Aid’s annual general meeting (AGM) in November, having served two full terms of office.

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, chief executive at Christian Aid, said: “This is wonderful news for Christian Aid. Dr Sentamu brings with him a passion and energy for global justice, a deep love of the Church and a profound theological understanding that will be able to speak into the crises of climate change, Covid, conflict and debt that are affecting the world’s poorest communities. We look forward to welcoming him to the Christian Aid family.”

Society of Genealogists appoints new chief executive 

The Society of Genealogists has appointed Wanda Wyporska as its new chief executive.

Wyporska joins the Society after leading The Equality Trust for five years

City Sikhs appoints first director

Rita Chadha will join City Sikhs as its first director when she leaves the Small Charities Coalition (SCC).

Chadha will take up the new role in August. She has been chief executive of the SCC since 2019 and has previously held leadership and trustee positions at several other organisations. 

ACEVO appoints new head of influencing

Alan Lally-Francis will be joining ACEVO as its new head of influencing in October. 

Lally-Francis is currently head of policy and advocacy at Results UK and has 14 years experience of in policy and advocacy roles in parliament, government and international NGOs. 

As ACEVO’s head of influencing, Lally-Francis will help to shape the agenda on issues that matter to members and ensure their voices are heard by those who have the power to effect change.

Becca Bunce and Zara Todd have joined ACEVO for the next three months in a job-share as interim head of influencing. Bunce is the former policy and public affairs manager at the Small Charities Coalition, while Todd has a background is in campaigns and policy with a specialism in equality and inclusion.

The Patients Association announces two new hires

The Patients Association has appointed Sarah Tilsed as its head of patient partnership.

Tilsed joins from the National Dementia Action Alliance where she was campaigns and partnerships manager. 

Also new to the charity is Maya Anaokar, who joins as head of communications and marketing. 

Anaokar joins from the Vaccines Taskforce, where she was part of the strategic communications team, and will be supporting Tilsed’s engagement work. 

Access expands senior team

Access has appointed Chloe Stables as director of partnerships and advocacy. 

Stables is currently the chief external relations advisor at the Charity Commission, an interim post she has held since the start of the year. 

Previously she led NCVO’s communications and influencing work.

She will join Access’s team of nine in mid-September where she will focus on working with partners including foundations, infrastructure bodies and government to help secure long-term support for blended finance and enterprise development in the sector.

The Norfolk Hospice welcomes a new chair 

The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House has appointed Tim How as its new chair, as Felicity Lyons steps down in August.

How said: “I am delighted to become chair of trustees. I never fail to be impressed by the great staff at the Hospice. I very much look forward to working with them to provide choice and access to excellent end of life and bereavement care.”

He joined the board in 2019 as a member of the finance and investment committee. 

From 1989 to 2008, he was chief executive of Majestic Wine plc. He is currently chairman of Roys of Wroxham Ltd and was a director of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2013 until 2020.

Trustee appointed to IOSH board

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health has appointed Lesley Kavanagh as a trustee, for a three-year term of office.

Kavanagh’s 30-year career in health and safety, risk management and sustainability roles has taken in a range of industries.

In 2003 she joined NIKE, Inc. where she currently leads the global partner responsibility team.

She said: “I hope my international experience will bring a new perspective, and together we can continue to drive positive impact to health and safety in the global workplace.”

She has been a chartered member of IOSH since 2005, and a member for 25 years.

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