Who’s Moving: London Plus, Cure Leukaemia and ACEVO 

02 Dec 2019 News

Martin Brookes, incoming chief executive of London Plus

Chief executive

London Plus, a pan-London civil society organisation set up in 2018, has appointed Martin Brookes as chief executive.

He takes up the role in the new year, and said: “I am excited to be joining London Plus. Civil society helps bind our diverse and great city together and challenges disadvantage to create a more equal society. Everyone has a stake in its success.

“London Plus has a clear and impressive strategy and I look forward to getting to work on this.”

Finance and operations 

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has appointed Rhys Moore as executive director of public impact. He joined NHF in 2016 as head of media and was previously a director of the Living Wage Foundation. 

Tim Cathcart joins the Rochester Bridge Trust, one of the country’s oldest charities, as chief estates officer. He had been an adviser for a number of years and is a MRICS qualified chartered surveyor and RICS registered valuer. 

Action on Elder Abuse has named Veronica Gray as deputy chief executive. She has been the charity’s Northern Ireland-based policy director for four years and will now lead a modernisation agenda. 

Trustees and patrons 

Cure Leukaemia has appointed Geoff Cousins, former managing director of Jaguar UK, as its new chair. Cousins said: “I am incredibly proud and excited to be appointed chairman of Cure Leukaemia. The charity is entering a transformational stage in its history and I hope to utlise my experience through many years working for global businesses to enhance and benefit the charity going forward. 

“I myself have been touched by this disease having been disgnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2005 so I am acutely aware of the phenomenal strides that are being made in the treatment of blood cancers.

“I look forward to working closely with the board of trustees, CEO James McLaughlin and his team with the aim of establishing Cure Leukaemia as the UK’s leading blood cancer charity within the next five years.”

Richard Harries, a director of the research institute at Power to Change, and Adrian Bell, chief executive of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, have been appointed as trustees for Forces in Mind Trust. The charity has also appointed two new lay advisers to its finance and investments committee, Richard Gray and Nicholas Lambert, who bring a wealth of financial expertise that will help us to protect and maximise its charitable endowment.     

ACEVO members have elected Wanda Wyporska, executive director of the Equality Trust, and Kate Allen, chief executive of Autism at Kingwood, as trustees, while Rosie Slater-Carr, CIO of British Red Cross, has been co-opted to the board by existing trustees. All three join the board from 6 December.

The three new trustees will take the places of Kate Welch, director and founder of Acumen Community Development Trust, Kulbinder Kang, chief executive of People First, and Othman Moqbel, chief executive of Syria Relief. They are all stepping down after reaching the end of their term of service.

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