Who's moving: Crisis, Teenage Cancer Trust, Corra Foundation and more

22 Jun 2020 News

Neil Heslop, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation

Chief executive

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) has appointed Roberta Bosurgi as its the new chief executive officer. She will take up her role on 1 September. She is currently a senior executive at Novartis and has held leading roles at the Novartis Foundation. 
Professor Filipe Santos, chair of the board of directors at EVPA, said: “I am delighted to soon welcome Roberta Bosurgi as the new CEO of EVPA. Her combination of corporate leadership and philanthropic work at Novartis, as well as her ability to craft alliances and her desire to contribute to the investing for impact space, will serve EVPA and our community very well.”

She takes over from Steven Serneels, who held the post since 2018.

Former Labour MP Ruth Smeeth has announced on Twitter that she is the new chief executive of Index of Censorship.

She wrote in a blog: “Today, I’m joining the team at Index on Censorship as its new CEO. Index has spent the last half century providing a voice for the voiceless. 

“My role in the months ahead is to highlight the threats to free speech, both in the UK and further afield, to celebrate free speech, to open a debate on what free speech should look like in the 21st century and most importantly to keep providing a platform for those people who can’t have one in their own country.”

Charities Aid Foundation announced that Neil Heslop, currently CEO at Leonard Cheshire, will become its chief executive in November. Read the full story here.


Baby charity Tommy’s has appointed Matt Jerwood as its head of digital engagement as part of an effort to “step up its digital offer”.
He previously spent seven years in the Oxfam fundraising team. His earlier career in the commercial world included roles with lastminute.com, Global Radio and Dennis Publishing.
Jerwood said: “Tommy’s is committed to delivering vital support and advice to expectant parents and families affected by baby loss – and by using digital channels and tools more effectively, we can reach more people and help the good work to continue and thrive.
“Tommy’s research expertise and specialist support are more important now than ever, but at the same time the pandemic is creating real challenges in service provision and fundraising opportunities; I’m excited and proud to be joining at such a crucial stage, when I can support and develop creative solutions to these problems.”

Teenager Cancer Trust is currently recruiting for a new director of fundraising, its CEO Kate Collins said on Twitter, after Liz Tait announced she will be leaving for a new role.

Collins wrote: “We are moving fast to find a remarkable fundraising leader to work with a talented team, phenomenal supporters and lead the way in raising the funds that make the extraordinary work of Teenage Cancer Trust possible.”

Tait has not shared what her new position will be yet.

Finance, comms, public affairs

The Scout Association has appointed Kris Murali as director of finance and resources and Chloe Kembery as director of comms and marketing.

Murali, formerly director of finance at Sense, took on his role last week. Kembery, currently head of media at British Council, will start in September.

Chief executive Matt Hyde wrote he is “delighted” to welcome them in their roles.

Sophia Moreau has joined the Small Charities Coalition as new public affairs and policy manager. She is a policy expert who has worked in the charity and public sector for nine years.

The organisation tweeted that “it will be her job to make sure the voice of smalls is heard loud and clear”


Crisis has appointed Talk Talk chief executive Tristia Harrison as its new chair of trustees. She takes over from Steve Holliday, whose nine-year term finishes in July.

Harrison has been a trustee for Comic Relief for nine years and will take up her role in September.

Harrison said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the board at Crisis, and to have the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. I share the firm belief that everyone should have a safe and settled place to call home.

“During the pandemic we’ve seen that ending homelessness is not only possible, but something we can make a reality by working together. I look forward to joining the fantastic team and getting started on this vital work at such an important time.”

The Corra Foundation has appointed Luke McCullough as its new chair and Jude Turbyne as its deputy chair. McCullough has been a trustee since 2015 and became deputy chair in 2018, and is senior policy adviser and corporate affairs manager at BBC Scotland.

He said: “It’s a real privilege to become chair of Corra Foundation, particularly as we embark on our new 10-year strategy. The world has changed dramatically since the strategy was launched in early March, but its themes of voice, power and change driven by communities are more relevant than ever.”

Turbyne has been a trustee since 2018 and is head of engagement with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Corra also appointed Christine McLaughlin, Michaela Collins and Mildred Zimunya as new trustees.

Southbank Centre has appointed three new members to its board of governors: Glyn Aikins, president of record label Since ’93, Sandy Rattray, chief investment officer of the Man Group, and film and TV lawyer and executive producer Lisbeth Savill MBE.

Susan Gilchrist, chairman of the Southbank Centre, said: “It is an honour to welcome these three extremely experienced individuals from across the creative and business industries onto the Southbank Centre Board. Their unparalleled knowledge and expertise will be crucial as we navigate the current crisis and plan for our future.” 

Children's cancer charity Neuroblastoma UK appointed Carolyn Jackson as new trustee. She is a mother from Tunbridge Wells in Kent whose two-year-old daughter passed away after being diagnosed with a rare cancer.

Editor's note  - 22 June 17.00

An earlier version of this article stated that Tristia Harrison was the chief executive of Tik Tok. She is chief executive of Talk Talk so we have corrected the article.  

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