Who’s Moving: NCVO, British Heart Foundation, Art UK and more 

02 Mar 2020 News

Melanie Armstrong

Chief executive

Action for Children has appointed Melanie Armstrong as its interim chief executive


Anthony Hewitt has been appointed director of development at the Southbank Centre. Hewitt, who is currently director of development at Shakespeare’s Globe, will take up the position in May 2020.

Hewitt said: “The mix of wide-ranging, world-class and risk-taking artistic programming – as well as the historical significance of the space at Southbank Centre – makes this an exciting opportunity. I look forward to sharing ideas and working closely with my colleagues to develop some creative fundraising initiatives.” 


The British Heart Foundation has appointed professor James Leiper from the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences as an associate medical director for research.

Leiper will start on 1 April 2020 and join the senior research team at the BHF, which sets the charity’s research strategy and oversees its funding of around £100m in research grants each year.    

Prior to his move to Glasgow, he worked at UCL on mechanisms of vascular function before taking up the role of Medical Research Council Programme leader at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences in 2009.  

Leiper said: “The BHF provides outstanding support for the millions of UK patients suffering from cardiovascular disease and for the UK cardiovascular research community. It is an honour to join the BHF team that works tirelessly to find new treatments and cures for cardiovascular disease.”


The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has appointed two new trustees to its board.

Kiran Kaur is the co-founder and chief executive of GirlDreamer, a non-profit empowerment platform for millennial and generation Z women of colour, with projects including providing training programmes to support women of colour into social entrepreneurship. Kaur was a keynote speaker at the most recent NCVO Trustee Conference.

Jake Ferguson is chief executive at Hackney CVS, one of the biggest local infrastructure and sector support agencies in London. He is also a member of the Violence Reduction Unit Partnership Reference Group, which advises the mayor of London about serious youth violence. He is a member of NCVO’s Rebalancing the Relationship project steering group and chair of the London CVS Directors Network.

Both will attend their first board meeting this month and have been appointed for an initial three-year term, which can be renewed once. These appointments come as NCVO continues recruitment for a new chair.


Art UK has appointed artist Conrad Shawcross as the charity’s 2020 Patron. Shawcross will be helping to raise the profile of its work.

Shawcross said: “Art UK brings the nations art collections into our homes via their growing online platform, and the artworks themselves into our schools. They are inspiring the next generation and expanding the educational possibilities of our unique, untapped collections”.

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