Who's Moving: National Autistic Society, Revitalise, Magic Breakfast and more

13 Sep 2021 News

Stephen Ladyman, a former Labour MP, will become the next chair of the National Autistic Society

National Autistic Society announces incoming chair

Stephen Ladyman, a former Labour MP, will become the next chair of the National Autistic Society in November when Carol Homden steps down after nearly 10 years. 

As an MP Ladyman the set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Autism alongside the National Autistic Society in 2000. He’s also been a minister and held various chair roles since, including within the NHS. 

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining the National Autistic Society, particularly ahead of the charity’s 60th anniversary next year. I’m looking forward to meeting colleagues, members and supporters as I start to visit the charity’s services and at the AGM in November.” 

World Book Day appoints Emma Scott as chair 

World Book Day has appointed appointment of Emma Scott, former CEO of Beano Studios and Freesat, as its new chair. 
She will work alongside the chief executive, Cassie Chadderton, as the charity embarks on a new five-year strategy to reach even more children. 

Scott will be formally appointed as chair in November, replacing Stephen Lotinga who is also CEO of Publishers Association.

She said: “After Stephen Lotinga’s excellent stewardship the charity is in a great place to take confident steps into its future. I look forward to working with Cassie, her team, fellow trustees and World Book Day partners to oversee the exciting new five-year strategy.”

Revitalise appoints director of fundraising

Revitalise, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers has appointed Alex McDowell as director of fundraising. 

McDowell has worked for RNIB for five years in various roles and most recently was acting director of fundraising. In his new role he will develop a new fundraising strategy to support Revitalise’s new three-year plan. 

He said: “Joining a charity whose objective is as impactful and important as Revitalise’s, is a privilege. Their reputation as leaders of the premium respite holiday market proceeds them, and I look forward to lending my fundraising and leadership experience to help the team deliver on their ambitious objectives and enable more people to access Revitalise's invaluable offer and expertise.”

Magic Breakfast recruits CEO 

Lindsey MacDonald will become chief executive of Magic Breakfast in November, replacing interim CEO Antony Kildare who has been in post since January this year.

She is currently co-managing director of Street League and is chair of Well Grounded, vice chair of DataKind, and sits on the board of the Sport for Development Coalition.

She said: “I am delighted, and feel privileged, to be joining Magic Breakfast at such a pivotal time for the charity and its mission. The last year put a spotlight on the urgent need to tackle the UK’s unacceptable hunger crisis and make sure that no child is too hungry to learn. While it was a challenging year, we also saw what can be achieved with political will, effective investment, and dedicated people, organisations and communities working together.” 

Street League has made Dougie Stevenson, who had held the joint managing director role alongside to MacDonald, its CEO. 

New chair for Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland 

Kirsty Connell-Skinner has been unanimously elected as the new chair of the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland. 

She takes over from Valerie Armstrong-Surgenor who stepped down from the Panel as a member after five years and as chair.

Connell-Skinner joined the Panel in 2018, becoming vice chair in November 2020. She has experience in philanthropic fundraising, particularly in higher education and scientific institutes, having worked at in fundraising roles at University of Strathclyde, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and National Museums Scotland. 

She is also an experienced charity trustee, previously co-leading the campaign to save Gorgie City Farm in 2016 and currently as treasurer for gender budgeting campaigners Scottish Women’s Budget Group.

The Panel also appointed Lesley Boyd to the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland. 

Anaphylaxis Campaign announces chief executive 

Anaphylaxis Campaign has appointed Simon Williams as chief executive. He will succeed Lynne Regent who announced her retirement in the summer. 

Williams is currently head of external affairs at Heart UK and will take up the new role at the end of November. 

Sarah Baker, the campaign manager of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, will be the interim CEO until Williams comes into post.

Five new trustees for Stonewall 

Five new trustees have joined Stonewall’s board: Dunni Alao, Lou Downe, Gbolahan Faleye, Adam Lake and Dr Kyle Ring. 

The charity said the new trustees bring skills across fundraising, communications and HR, as well as being “fierce proponents of LGBTQ+ rights”. 

Stonewall added: “We now have the most diverse board in our history, with strong representation of trans people and people of colour, as well as a greater diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds.”

More about each trustee is available on Stonewall’s website.

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