Pilotlight has appointed Ed Mayo as chief executive.
Mayo currently leads Co-operatives UK, and was formerly chief executive of New Economics Foundation.
He will join Pilotlight in the summer, as Gillian Murray departs after seven years. Bruce McCombie, head of partnerships, will act as interim chief executive in the period between Murray leaving in April and Mayo joining Pilotlight.
Mayo said: “No-one makes more of a difference to communities than the voluntary sector and yet small charities at the heart of this are under more stress than ever. I am proud to join Pilotlight, a social enterprise founded to support them, matching great causes with great business talent to the benefit of both.
“I look forward to working with the individual and business members, the trustees and the staff team of Pilotlight, who together make up an extraordinary community of purpose.”
Chair and board
Variety, the children’s charity, has appointed Bill Sangster as chief barker, its equivalent of the chair of trustees, for the year ahead.
Sangster has been involved in a range of activities supporting the charity since 1997, from assisting with annual balls, sponsoring sunshine coaches, co-chairing the fundraising committee and joining the board of trustees in 2012. He has also been the chair of the sunshine coach programme since 2009.
Sangster replaces Harold Tillman CBE as the outgoing chief barker.
Jo Carter, chief executive of Variety said: “I am delighted that Bill will be taking on the role of chief barker in 2020. Bill’s passion and commitment to Variety is clear from all the support he has given us over the years, and I am certain that his drive to move the organisation forward will help us further in our mission to transform the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK.”
Girlguiding has appointed five new trustees. This includes three trustees under the age of 30 to represent girls’ voices.
Kirtbir Chahal, Hannah Moran, Selina Armitt, Alison Hampton and Supriya Sobti have joined.
In 2019, Girlguiding updated its trustee recruitment process to improve the diversity and inclusivity of its board. The charity created information packs specifically for potential younger candidates to make sure it met its target to have three young trustees on the board. The charity received just over 70 applications for the role.
The three younger trustees come from a range of backgrounds. Chahal is a children’s rights campaigner and current policy adviser at Unicef UK. Moran is a Brownie leader in the Hague, former Girlguiding member, and is currently pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering. Armitt is a Guide leader, a social worker and pursuing a MSc in social work.
Catherine Irwin, chair of the board at Girlguiding, said: “As we prepare to embark upon our exciting new five-year strategy, it’s important our trustee board is reflective of the girls and young women we work to support. I’m thrilled to welcome all of our new trustees. Together we will help girls to thrive.”
The Nystagmus Network has appointed Daniel Williams, sight loss campaigner and founder of visualise training and consultancy, to its board of trustees.
Chair of trustees, Tim Cuddeford said: “We are delighted to welcome Daniel to the committee as he brings a comprehensive overview of the sight loss and optical sectors and first-hand knowledge of the challenges living with a visual impairment can bring. As a well-connected young entrepreneur with a strong social media presence, he will also help us to raise the profile of the Nystagmus Network and the support services we offer.”
Williams said: “I feel honoured to be part of a small charity that has the potential to support so many people with nystagmus. My younger brother was diagnosed with the condition at the age of one and, as an advocate for the sight loss sector, this appointment will help towards my aim of making the world more inclusive for people with visual impairments through increased opportunities and personal development.”
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has also appointed three new people to the board.
They include Darren Knight the chief executive at Bolton CVS, Kamran Mallick the chief executive at Disability Rights UK and Ruth Sutherland, the outgoing chief executive at Samaritans.
Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE, chair of the board, said: “We are delighted to welcome three new excellent trustees to the board, each with a wealth of experience from the charity sector. Their collective knowledge, expertise and understanding will add to our strategic leadership as we work to meet the needs of the charities we partner and the people they serve and support.”
The new trustees are replacing Paul Farmer, Baroness Hilary Armstrong and Lesley King-Lewis who are stepping down after completing their tenures on the board.