Who’s Moving: Heart Research UK, Volunteering Matters, Carers Trust and more

22 Jul 2019 News

Our summary of the latest movers in the charity sector.

Kate Bratt-Farrar chief executive of Heart Research UK

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Heart Research UK has appointed Kate Bratt-Farrar as new chief executive.

Bratt-Farrar previously worked as the director of the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, as chief executive of Leeds Women’s Aid and has worked in policy and research at Cerebra, Save the Children and the Department of Health.

She said: “I look forward to supporting the organisation to further flourish in the coming years as we raise more vital funds to do more of what we do best”.

Bratt-Farrar replaces Barbara Harpham, who is stepping down after almost 16 years with the charity. 

Volunteering Matters has appointed Paul Reddish as new chief executive. He joins from ProjectScotland, where he is currently chief executive.

Reddish takes over in August from Oonagh Aitken, who joined Volunteering Matters in 2012. 

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining Volunteering Matters. The charity is enabling countless individuals to make such a positive difference to their communities.”

This autumn, Internews’ chief executive in Europe, Daniel Bruce, will step down to take on the role of CEO at Transparency International UK. The UK board of Internews has launched recruitment for a new chief executive.

Alder Hey Children’s Charity have appointed Graham Morris OBE and Fiona Ashcroft new chair and chief executive. Morris started on 8th April 2019 and Ashcroft will start on 5th August 2019.

Morris said: “Originally coming from Liverpool and being very fortunate to have four healthy children and six grandchildren, anything I can do to help with the growth of the charity, makes this role very special for me.”

Ashcroft said: “Having grown up in Liverpool I've always known Alder Hey Children's Hospital and the incredible work it does.”


Everton in the Community has appointed Lesley Beattie as its new director of development. 

Beattie previously held a role at Liverpool City Council where she created its first Commercial Division, generating more than £6m income.

She said: “I believe that my passion for making a difference, coupled with my commercial experience and networks will provide positive results for the charity and also provide me with a personal sense of achievement.”

The Association of Volunteer Managers has appointed Jo Gibney to its first strategic level staff role, head of business development, starting 1st August 2019. Gibney has been a member of the board for almost two years.

The Church Commissioners for England has announced Mary-Pat Barron as a team head in their public equities team.

Barron was previously director of investments for Sawdust Investment Management Corporation and took up her new role on the 15th July. 

She said: “Equities have always been my passion and I’m very much looking forward to joining the Church Commissioners.”


Robert Swannell CBE has been appointed trustee of Historic Royal Palaces and chair of its campaign board.

Swannell succeeds Bruce Carnegie-Brown, who is stepping down after six years, having successfully completed a five-year fundraising campaign (2013-18) that raised £37m. Swannell will serve an initial three-year term from 18 September 2019.

Currently, Swannell is chairman of UK Government Investments, which is responsible for corporate finance and corporate governance for HMG. 

Carers Trust has announced the appointment of three trustees to its board; Jackie Ashley, Joanna Dodd, and Natasha Mutch-Vidal.

Jackie Ashley has been a full time carer and worked as a political journalist for more than thirty years. She has worked for the BBC, ITN, Channel 4 News, the New Statesman and the Guardian.

Joanna Dodd runs her own PR consultancy, Rochester PR Group, which specialises in helping international brands and companies launch in the UK. She has undertaken pro bono work for several charities with a focus on messaging, stakeholder engagement and reputational issues. 

Natasha Mutch-Vidal is a young adult carer and supports other carers under 25. She graduated in 2017 from University of Leeds with a 1st class degree and now works at City, University of London leading a dedicated support programme for young adult carers.

The Charity Retail Association has elected Karen Bilsby to its board. She is currently head of retail for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Bilsby begins her second spell as a board member, having served from 2007 until 2014.

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