Who’s Moving: DEC, LifeArc, Invictus Games Foundation and more

10 Sep 2018 News

Sue Inglish, incoming chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee

Our weekly summary of the latest movers in the charity sector. 

Chief executive

Medical research charity LifeArc has announced the appointment of Melanie Lee as its new chief executive. Lee will take up her new role with the charity on 1 November 2018.

She was previously chief scientific officer at healthcare company BTG plc, and has also worked for GlaxoWellcome and Celltech plc. 

Lee will be replacing current chief executive Dave Tapolczay, who is retiring from the charity after 11 years at the helm.

Children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase has appointed Nigel Harding as its new chief executive.

Harding has worked in the medical and palliative care sector for more than 20 years – most recently as chief executive of St Joseph’s Hospice. He was also previously the chief executive of both the Woking and Sam Beare hospices.  

Fundraising and communications

The Invictus Games Foundation has announced the appointment of Sam Newell as its new director of communications.

He was previously the communications and public affairs manager at Step Up to Serve, the charity which coordinates the #iwill campaign for social youth action. He is also a board director of Community Organisers Ltd. 

Non executive

Sue Inglish has been appointed as the new chair of the board of trustees for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). A broadcast journalist, Inglish will be taking over the role from incumbent chair Clive Jones in November. 

DEC had originally announced the appointment of former Oxfam chair Karen Brown to the role, but she withdrew from the position in February due to her association with the then unfolding Haiti scandal. 

Inglish was previously the head of BBC political programmes, analysis and research until 2015. She is a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and is chair of the International News Safety Institute, a charity championing the safety of journalists worldwide. 

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Hospice UK has appointed Robert Peston, ITV's political editor, as its new chair. He will take over the role of chair at Hospice UK's national conference in November.

As well as having held numerous high profile positions in journalism, Peston is founder of the education charity Speakers for Schools (Speakers4Schools.org) and a patron of Pro Bono Economics and of the National Citizens Service.

He will take over from Lord Howard of Lympne, the prominent peer and former leader of the Conservative party, who is to retire from his role after eight years leading its board of trustees and serving two full terms.

Tiny Tickers, the charity which aims to improve the early detection and care of babies with heart conditions, has announced the appointment of Paul Schofield as its new chair. 

Schofield has spent the last 20 years managing global equity portfolios at Allianz Global Investors, and is his first charity role. He replaces David Lale, who will be stepping down after serving his full six-year term as both a chair and trustee of the charity. 

Professor Rosemary Varley has been announced as a new patron of Sheffield-based charity Paces. Previously a trustee of the charity, Varley will now work with the organisation to “establish further research into Conductive Education” for both children and adults. 

Varley joins Robert Halfon MP as a patron of the charity. 

The DHL UK Foundation has appointed Perry Watts as its chair. As the former chief executive of DHL Supply Chain in the UK and Ireland, he will be focused on fulfilling the aims of the charity which supports disadvantaged children and young people.
The charity invests over £1.6m annually in charitable activities, grants and donations and reaches over 30,000 children each year. Funding is focused on those aged between 5 and 25 years and places an emphasis on helping children to get the most out of education, boosting their employability and engaging them in a meaningful way with the DHL business.

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