Who’s Moving: NCVO, Young Vic, Pride in London and more

21 Oct 2019 News

Jodi Alissa Bickerton, trustee of Drake Music

Chief Executive

Home-Start UK has appointed Peter Grigg as its new chief executive. He is currently director of external affairs at The Children’s Society.

Previously, he was director of policy and communications at the Family and Childcare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute.

He said: “All families need support but, after years of austerity and under-investment in communities, too many parents and their children are struggling. The local Home-Start network across the UK provides a vital lifeline for parents when it matters most.

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Home-Start UK in this crucial work helping families to overcome whatever challenge they face. I look forward to working with the trustees, staff and the amazing volunteers who make it all possible. By building on Margaret Harrison’s ground-breaking work, strengthening the local Home-Start network and raising the profile of this vital charity, we can serve even more families and children who need our support.”

Grigg will take up the role in January 2020, replacing Rob Parkinson, who is moving after six years with the charity. Vivien Waterfield is acting chief executive in the interim period.

Matthew Whittaker has been appointed chief executive of Pro Bono Economics. He will leave his role as deputy chief executive of the Resolution Foundation.
He replaces chief executive Julia Grant, who is stepping down after almost four years to allow more time for non-executive commitments. Since joining the charity in 2016 she has trebled its income base, using this investment to build a robust operational framework and so enable Pro Bono Economics to deliver high-quality economic analysis that can influence and inform public policy.
Whittaker said: “I’m delighted to be joining Pro Bono Economics at such an exciting time. Julia Grant has done so much over the last four years to build the organisation’s reputation, reach and profile, and it’s very evident in speaking with Gus, Andy and the other trustees just how much pride they justifiably take in the charity’s achievements to date.”

Fundraising and Finance

Becky Slack has been appointed as Prisoner of Conscience's fundraising manager.

Gary Allison, chief executive of Prisoners of Conscience, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Becky to the Prisoners of Conscience team and look forward to working with her as we embark on an exciting period of growth and increased impact.”

Slack said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Prisoners of Conscience team and helping them transform the lives of the brave people who have risked so much by standing up for what they believe in. I also look forward to meeting the many generous supporters who make this work possible.”

Prisoners of Conscience thanks the Joffe Trust for providing the funding for the role.

Pride in London has announced Mufseen Miah as director of finance. Miah had previously held the role of deputy director in the finance team.

Miah said: “I’m delighted to be joining Pride in London’s board of directors and taking up the reins for finance across the organisation. As the UK’s largest Pride event, we must ensure the future financial health of our organisation so that the generations to come can continue to attend for free. One of my priorities will also be to review any surplus generated this year to see whether we can establish a community fund for making grants to LGBT+ community organisations in London.”
The total cost of Pride in London now exceeds £1.1m annually, though the organisation continues to keep the event free for everyone to attend thanks to income generated through fundraising and strategic partnerships.


NCVO has appointed Sarah Vibert as director of policy and volunteering. She moves from a role as chief executive of the Neurological Alliance, the membership body for neurological charities. 

She was previously director of strategy and external affairs at the Epilepsy Society and is also a trustee of National Voices, the coalition of health and social care charities. She will take up the post in January 2020 on a 12-month contract.

Vibert said: “I have always admired NCVO for the work they do to champion and support our sector. I am therefore delighted to have the opportunity to join Karl and the team, especially at such an important time in NCVO’s development.”

Karl Wilding, chief executive of NCVO, said: “I’m really pleased that Sarah is joining NCVO. She’s got loads of experience in charities and working for membership organisations, so I’ve no doubt she’ll hit the ground running and really help us stand up for all that’s best about the voluntary sector and volunteering.”

NCVO’s head of policy, Elizabeth Chamberlain, will take on the director of policy role on an interim basis until Sarah starts in January.

Trustee and Chair 

Richmond Wandera has been appointed to the board of trustees of Christian child development charity Compassion UK.
This is the first time that a former beneficiary has been appointed to Compassion UK’s board.
Wandera said: “Through its local church partners, Compassion provides holistic child development programmes for children growing up in the world’s poorest countries. This is a mission I am 100 per cent committed to and I am particularly pleased to bring contextual knowledge and different perspectives to the decision-making table.

“As a child I experienced love, hope and encouragement through Compassion, and it is a privilege to be working to give the same opportunities to thousands of others.”

Wandera has been appointed for a three-year term, with trustees serving for a maximum of three terms. 

Richard Henry has been appointed to the board of The London Marathon Charitable Trust as trustee of the Local Government Association.

Henry was first elected to Stevenage Borough Council in 1995 where he has been the local councillor for 24 years. He is currently a member of the LGA Culture Tourism and Sport Board, the LGA Councillors Forum and the East of England LGA Improvement and Efficiency Panel.

He began his career as a social worker and completed the Hull to Grimsby marathon via the Humber Bridge.

Sir Rodney Walker, chairman of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “We welcome Richard Henry to the board and believe his experience and community focus will help us to deliver the Trust’s mission to inspire activity across the UK.” 

WaterAid has appointed four new trustees, including Alyson Clark, Harpinder Collacott, Guido Schmidt Traub and Hilary Wild. The trustees retiring are Anna Segall and Peter Newman. 
Tim Wainwright, chief executive for WaterAid, said: “We are thrilled to welcome four members to WaterAid’s Board of Trustees this October. Our new trustees bring a wealth of knowledge and a range of valuable expertise, with experience of different sectors from development, to energy and climate.  
“They will join us in our commitment of reaching everyone, everywhere with clean water, hygiene and decent toilets by 2030. We warmly welcome them on board.” 

Drake Music has announced the appointment of four new trustees following an open call for disabled applicants to become board members. The board is now officially disabled-led for the first time in the organisation's history. 

The new board members are Jodi Alissa Bickerton, Matt Lloyd and Cameron Bray, with another new member scheduled to join in December.

The appointments are the culmination of a targeted process of board development with a focus on disability, which aimed to ensure that the leadership of the organisation is more reflective of the communities it works with.

Carien Meijer, chief executive of Drake Music, commented on the recruitment process: “It is a real achievement and a marker of how far the organisation has travelled towards becoming truly inclusive with disabled people represented at every level of our organisation and programmes.

“As one of the leading UK organisations working where music, disability and technology meet, it is vital that disabled people are in leadership roles and at the heart of everything we do.”

Glenn Earle has been appointed new chair of the Young Vic Board. He succeeds Patrick McKenna, who was chair of the Young Vic board for nearly 20 years. 

Earle is a partner in independent investment bank Ardea Partners International and deputy chairman of educational charity Teach First. He retired in December 2011 from Goldman Sachs International, where he was most recently a managing director.

His predecessor, McKenna, was awarded a Young Vic lifetime membership. McKenna said: “I am massively proud of the impact we have been able to have on audiences and participants in Lambeth and Southwark, across the UK, and worldwide by being at the forefront of a socially inclusive, accessible approach.

“I look forward to continuing to engage with the Young Vic as it goes from strength to strength under Glenn Earle’s new chairpersonship.”

Earle said: “I am thrilled and feel very honoured to be taking over from Patrick as chair of the Young Vic at this important time.”

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