Who’s Moving: National Emergencies Trust, MS Society, Blue Cross, and more 

22 Feb 2021 News

Clare Horwood, executive director of engagement and income generation at the MS Society.

National Emergencies Trust appoints new trustees and patron

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has appointed four new trustees and a new corporate patron.

The four new trustees include Elizabeth Balgobin, head of equality, diversity and inclusion at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Jhumar Johnson, director of the vice-chancellor's office at the Open University, Dalton Leong, chief executive of The Children's Trust and  Louise Wilson, a British business leader and Harvard Fellow.

NatWest Group joins the NET as a patron, following its significant contribution to the Coronavirus Appeal last year. Its customer and colleague appeal raised £10m for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Youth charity Impetus welcomes Steve Haines as director of public affairs  

Impetus has appointed Steve Haines as the charity’s director of public affairs. Haines will spearhead communications, policy and research work.

Haines joins from the National Deaf Children’s Society, where he served as executive director policy and campaigns. He said: “I’m delighted to have joined the team at Impetus. Supporting charities to find what works and taking their impact to scale is more vital than ever in tackling the barriers that hold back too many young people. Impetus and our partners are uniquely placed to take those voices to power and achieve lasting change.” 

MS Society appoints executive director of engagement and income generation

The MS Society has appointed a new executive director of engagement and income generation.

Clare Horwood joins the MS Society with 15 years of charity experience working at a number of organisations in senior positions. 

For the past five years, Horwood has worked in interim roles, most recently, at Mind as the interim associate director of fundraising and before that was in a similar role at Diabetes UK. 

In her new role, Horwood will oversee all aspects of marketing and fundraising at the MS Society, including the charity’s Stop MS Appeal, which aims to raise £100m for MS research. 

She will be joining the MS Society today and replaces Emma Whitcombe, who left the charity in December to move overseas.

New chief operating officer appointment at the Blue Cross

Kelly Grellier has been promoted to COO at pet charity, Blue Cross, after spearheading a new rehoming approach and service design at the organisation and previously leading on their strategic business planning. 

She takes over the role from Steve Goody, who retired at the end of 2020. 

Grellier has been with the charity for five years. She said: “Having worked at Blue Cross for nearly five years now I have been continually motivated by our ambition to increase our impact; ensuring that we are developing strategies to meet the shifting welfare needs of pets as well as the need to recognise the importance of animals in our lives and the enormous value pets bring to society.”

Alison Cowan appointed as Scope’s new executive director of fundraising and engagement

Scope, a leading disability equality charity, has appointed Alison Cowan as executive director of fundraising and engagement.

Cowan joined Scope in August 2020 as interim director of fundraising and marketing. She has been an interim charity director for over 15 years, specialising in delivering change and leading charities to upgrade their fundraising, marketing and digital activity. 

Prior to joining Scope, she was interim director of marketing integration at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation. 

Alison Cowan said: “I have a hidden disability and first got involved in public campaigning on equality in the 1990s. I am thrilled to be joining Scope, this role presses all my buttons, it reflects my intense commitment to equality and social justice and my love of campaigning causes.” 

The Wildlife Trusts creates new role to speed up landscape recovery

Rob Stoneman will join the Wildlife Trusts in the newly created role of director of Landscape Recovery.

Stoneman joins from Rewilding Europe where he has spent two years reintroducing bison to the Carpathian Mountains and helping communities in the Apennine Mountains learn to live alongside bears and other large mammals.

The new role will work to develop plans for Nature Recovery Networks at the regional scale and work to identify large scale areas for landscape recovery and rewilding.

Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said: “We’re very excited about this new role and absolutely delighted to welcome Rob back to The Wildlife Trusts. A radical shift is needed to reverse nature’s decline and we know that it’s no longer enough to focus only on nature reserves as a way of helping wildlife.”

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