Who’s Moving: Cancer Research UK, Myeloma UK, Children & the Arts and more

26 Jun 2017 News

Hussam Otaibi, new chair of Children & the Arts

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

Chief executive

Blood cancer charity Myeloma UK has appointed Rosemarie Finley as its new chief executive. She will join the organisation on 28 June 2017.

Finley joins the organisation from the Epilepsy Society, where she was acting chief executive and chief operating officer.

Finley has over 30 years of senior management experience in the healthcare sector. She’s also a trained nurse, who has held a number of senior positions.

Finance and operations

Professor Charles Swanton has been appointed as chief clinician at Cancer Research UK. Swanton replaces Professor Peter Johnson, who was CRUK’s chief clinician from 2008.

Swanton will join CRUK’s executive board later in the summer. The role of chief clinician sits within CRUK’s senior management team and is responsible “for the strategy and shape of the charity’s clinical activities” both in terms of research but also “cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment”.

Swanton has had a previous association with CRUK and currently leads a team at the Francis Crick Institute in London analysing lung cancer and how it develops.

Non executive

Children & the Arts have appointed financier and entrepreneur Hussam Otaibi as the new chair of its trustee board.

Otaibi joined the charity’s board as a trustee in 2015 and takes up his new role this month, succeeding previous chair Neil Mendoza who steps down after 4 years in the role.

He leads Floreat Merchant Banking and also sits on the board of several hedge funds and investment managers. He is also a patron of the Serpentine Gallery and the Tate.

Adrian Williams has been appointed as the new chair of the Royal Trinity Hospice board of trustees. Williams succeeds Derek Wyatt who is retiring from the organisation on 30 June after 6 years in the role.

Williams has been a trustee of the hospice since 2014. A private equity and investment banker, he has over 25 years’ experience working in with Bridgepoint, HSBC and Hawkpoint. Since his retirement, Williams has sat on the boards of several companies and non-profit organisation in the UK and overseas.

Musician Ariana Grande is set to be the first patron of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up in the wake of the suicide bombing on 22 May.

The fund, which has raised over £11.7m, was set up to distribute funds to bereaved families and those who were injured in the attack, which took place at the Manchester Arena following a concert by Grande.

Grande subsequently staged and performed at the One Love Manchester benefit concert on 4 June, which raised a further £3m for the fund. Grande is also set to be made an honorary citizen of Manchester.

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