Who’s Moving: National Lottery Community Fund, UNICEF, Bookmark and more

11 Jul 2022 News

Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission

Stephenson joins National Lottery Community Fund

Helen Stephenson, the chief executive of the Charity Commission, is one of four new board members to join the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF).

Stephenson has previously worked in the cabinet office as director of the office for civil society and been on the board for Big Society Trust and the advisory group for NCVO. She was awarded a CBE for services to civil society in 2014. 

Peter Stewart also joins the board. He is executive director at the Eden Project. There he works on executing Eden’s charitable mission. He has experience working in advertising and leads the biggest outreach programme, the Big Lunch, the UK’s thanksgiving weekend for communities.

Also joining the board is Stuart Hobley, who has spent almost two decades working in the not-for-profit sector. He is currently director of grant-making foundation the Linbury Trust.

Richard Collier-Keywood also joins the board. He is chair of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, chair of Fair4All Finance, Big Education and New Forest Care. He is a barrister who was previously senior adviser to DCMS from 2017 to 2021. 

Board members of the NLCF are remunerated £7,848 per annum, but Stephenson will not be paid for this role while she is chief executive of the Charity Commission.

New chief executive for Bookmark 

The Bookmark Reading Charity has appointed Graihagh Crawshaw-Sadler as its CEO in September. She takes over from Kitty Higgins, who left the role in March to join Mountain Healthcare.  

She joins the charity from Teach First where she has acted as director for 13 years. She is a former teacher with 17 years’ experience in the education and charity sectors altogether. 

Sharon Pindar, chair of Bookmark, said: “Our vision is simple: we want every child to read. At a time when more children than ever are not meeting the expected level of reading and need extra help, we are focused on building our scale and capacity. We’re delighted Graihagh will be joining us in our mission to change the story for many more children.” 

National Voices CEO steps down

After three years in the role, Dr Charlotte Augst will be stepping down as CEO of National Voices this October. National Voices is a coalition of health and social care charities. 

Under her leadership, National Voices’ income has more than doubled and their membership is bigger than ever before. 

Helen Buckingham, chair of National Voices, said: “Wherever I go, stakeholders in the sector praise the impact and commitment of the whole National Voices team. They are often surprised to learn how small an organisation we run. This is testament to Charlotte’s leadership and hard work. And we are grateful.”

New CEO for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Charles Hackett has been appointed the CEO for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. He succeeds Bill Sivewright, who has retired after more than five years in post. 

Hackett joins from Destination Plymouth and Mayflower 400, a five-year programme for Plymouth he has worked at during the project’s duration. He has experience in a variation of senior roles, from international development to marketing. 

On his appointment, Hackett said: “It is something of a dream come true for me to be able to join an organisation that so directly benefits individuals and communities here in the southwest. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has come so far over the past 22 years, working alongside its partners and supporters to collaborate and innovate, for the benefit of the patients they serve.”

Hospice UK appoints new chief executive

Hospice UK has announced Toby Porter as its new chief executive. He succeeds Tracey Bleakley, who stepped down in November 2021. Former finance director at the charity, Craig Duncan, has been acting interim CEO ever since. He will continue to do so until Porter reprises the role in September. 

Porter joins from Acorn’s Children’s Hospice where he was CEO for six years. Before that, he was chief executive at HelpAge International. He is also trustee of Together for Short Lives. 

Hospice UK’s chair of trustees Paul Jennings said: “It’s a real thrill for us to welcome Toby as our new chief executive. 

"We’ve known and worked closely with Toby for several years. His leadership at Acorns has been fantastic, and his vision and passion for hospice and end of life care is impressive. Toby also brings superb, high-level experience from other sectors, which we know we will learn and benefit from.”

New chair for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity has appointed Sir Douglas Flint CBE as its new chair. He succeeds Charles Alexander who has been in the role for six years. 

Flint has been a trustee of the charity since 2017. He is a chartered accountant that has worked at KPMG and HSBC. In 2018, he was given a knighthood in recognition of his services to finance. 

Flint said: "I am proud of my involvement with The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and through this I have learned a great deal about the work of the hospital and its extraordinary staff.”

New chair and trustees for Lloyds Bank Foundation 

Lloyds Bank Foundation has appointed four new trustees with small charity experience to its board. 

  • Dame Ann Limb has been appointed chair of trustees. Limb is chair of the UK Innovation Corridor and the City & Guilds London Institute, and deputy chair of the Prince’s Foundation. In 2015, Limb became the first female and LGBT+ chair of The Scout Association in its history. 
  • Bushra Ahmed joins as a trustee. She is also a trustee of Home-Start UK and the Shelia McKechnie Foundation. She is a board member for Feminists of_ and the National Emergencies Trust.  She was chair of the Small Charities Coalition from 2018 – 2020. 
  • Claud Williams is an entrepreneur and founder of the personal development start-up Dream Nation. He is non-executive director of two NHS trusts and Hexagon Housing Association. 
  • Cherrie Bija is chief executive of Faith in Families, a Swansea-based charity that Lloyds Bank Foundation has previously funded. She sits on the board for Swansea Council for Voluntary Services and has been a committee member for Children in Need. 

The Seafarer’s Charity welcomes five new trustees

The national seafaring charity has appointed five new trustees to its board. 

  • Captain Lee Clarke is managing director of Isle of Man Maritime and honorary secretary of KGFS Isle of Man.
  • Debbie Cavaldoro is chief executive of Port Skills and Safety. 
  • Martyn Gray is executive director at Nautilus International, a maritime trade union.
  • Surgeon Commodore Fleur Marshall RN is head of the Royal Navy Medical Service.
  • Nigel Blazeby has had a career at sea, including as principal fishing vessel surveyor at Maritime and Coastguard Agency and managing director of Waterdance. 

New trustees for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has announced the appointment of three new trustees. They will oversee the delivery of the charity’s five-year Youth Without Limits strategy which was launched in 2021. 

  • Anna Rose Barker was previously chair of the British Youth council, national programmes executive at the Prince’s Trust and a member of UK Youth Parliament. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2019 birthday honours list. 
  • Mo Isap is the founder and CEO of IN4 Group, an innovation and technology hub operator. He is founding director, trustee and vice chair of Star Academies, a not-for-profit multi academies trust. 
  • Ofei Kwafo-Akoto is head of legal at GLP Europe. He is also a non-executive director at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing. Previously, he worked as a trustee and secretary at the Southside Young Leader’s Academy. He was named in-house Lawyer of the Year at the 2021 UK Diversity Legal Awards. 

Adferiad Recovery announces trustees

The Welsh membership charity has appointed four new members to its board. 

  • Dr Andrea Davies has worked in the NHS since 1999 and is a consultant clinical psychologist and systematic psychotherapist. She has worked closely with Adferiad services in her health board area. 
  • Reverend John Davies is a qualified solicitor in criminal law. He was ordained in 1984 and was formerly the Archbishop of Wales. 
  • Dafydd James is a professional rugby player who has represented Wales and the British & Irish Lions. He is promise ambassador for Hafal, a Welsh mental health charity. He will help the organisation campaign across Wales while sharing his experiences of depression and anxiety.
  • Karen Ozzati was chief executive of the charity in 2014. She played a key role in the successful merger of CAIS, Hafal and WCADA and served as Adferiad Recovery’s director of business development and fundraising until she retired last December. 

RNID appoints new director of fundraising and engagement 

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) has appointed Nick Radmore as its new director of fundraising and engagement. He will lead the charity’s digital and innovation, income and partnerships and marketing and communications team. 

He joins from GOSH Charity, where he has been deputy director of brand marketing & innovation for almost two years. Previously, he worked at the British Heart Foundation for over 12 years in marketing and brand management. 

Radmore said: “I’m thrilled to be joining RNID at this exciting time, where we’re ready to start delivering our mission to make life inclusive for the 12 million people in the UK who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus. I’m joining a strong and passionate team, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in as we seek to transform the lives of our communities.”

UNICEF UK appoints deputy executive director

The UK Committee for UNICEF has appointed Mohini Raichura-Brown as deputy executive director, partnerships and philanthropy. 

Raichura-Brown joined UNICEF UK in 2019 as head of corporate partnerships-business development. She progressed to director of partnerships in 2021. Throughout her career, she has worked at charities such as Shelter, Anthony Nolan and more. She is currently a trustee at the MS Society. 

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of UNICEF UK said: “Following an extensive recruitment and selection process which included surveying Partnerships & Philanthropy staff, and input from the team behind Inclusive UNICEF, our Youth Advisory Board, our trustees, and our international colleagues, I am delighted to be appointing Mohini Raichura-Brown to our executive team. 
“Mohini’s record of securing excellent high-value partnerships for UNICEF’s work for children, along with her effective role-modelling of our values, makes this an exciting appointment for my team and our organisation. I look forward to working with Mohini to ensure that we continue to real change for children all around the world.”  

New director of programmes at WellChild

WellChild, a charity for seriously ill children, has appointed Amy Mitchell as its new director of programmes at its Cheltenham headquarters. 

She joins with senior leadership experience from the NHS, British Red Cross and First Light South West. 

Mitchell said: “I am passionate about ensuring vulnerable communities are enabled to thrive in the context of complex care and support systems and I’m excited to be joining WellChild, who embody this as their mission, enabling families to thrive via WellChild’s charitable programmes.  

“I am excited by the ambition of the WellChild Programmes, and I look forward to working with the teams to maximise impact and shape the future of the organisation with beneficiaries at the centre.”

Medical director for the Terrence Higgins Trust steps down after 15 years

After 15 years in post, Michael Brady has stepped down as medical director for the national HIV and sexual health charity.

Recruitment for his position will begin this summer. He has stepped down to commit more time to his other roles, which include being NHS England’s national advisor for LGBT health. 

On his departure, Brady said: “It has been a real honour to work for Terrence Higgins Trust. I have learned so much from all the incredible people I’ve worked with over the years, and it’s been a privilege to contribute to the positive impact the organisation has on those living with HIV or at risk of HIV or poor sexual health. Although it’s sad to be leaving, I have nothing but happy memories and wish all my colleagues at Terrence Higgins Trust the very best for future.”

Editor's note

12.07.2022 - This article has been updated to reflect that Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission, will not be remunerated £7,848 for her role at NLCF. 

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