Who's Moving: Historic Royal Palaces, British Red Cross, and more

09 Jan 2017 News

Caroline White, chief executive of YHA (England & Wales)

John Barnes has been appointed chief executive of Historic Royal Palaces, replacing Michael Day who retires from the organisation after 14 years in the role. 

Barnes has been at the organisation since 2001, and is taking up the chief executive role from 1 July 2017. Previously he was the organisation’s director of conservation and learning. 

He joined Historic Royal Palaces from English Heritage where he held a number of senior roles including head of architecture and survey, and director of professional services. 

Caroline White, chief executive of the YHA (England & Wales), has announced she will be stepping down from the charity in the summer. 

White has been the organisation’s chief executive since 2008, and has seen more than £56m invested in the YHA network during her tenure. 

YHA occupancy levels during her tenure have also increased by 12 per cent, while guest satisfaction scores have also increased by 9 per cent.

Disabled services charity Motivation has appointed Amanda Wilkinson as its new chief executive. Wilkinson replaces former chief executive and co-founder Richard Frost, who stepped down from the organisation on 31 December after 25 years at the helm. 

Wilkinson has worked in the voluntary sector for the last 20 years, most recently as an independent fundraising consultant. She was also recently interim director of fundraising and communications at Whizz-Kids, and has also worked for Everychild and Sense International. 

Wilkinson will working alongside Motivation’s other co-founder David Constantine, who will remain with the charity. 

Fundraising and communications

Former digital editor of the Guardian Polly Curtis has been appointed director of media at the British Red Cross

Curtis worked at the Guardian for 15 years both as a digital editor and also as a correspondent writing about education, health and reporting from Westminster. 

Curtis took up her new role at the charity on 3 January 2017. 

Finance and strategy

Tearfund have appointed Ruth Valerio as global advocacy and influencing director, who will take up her new position in March. 

Valerio joins Tearfund from Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK, where she currently holds the post of churches and theology director. 

Valerio has written extensively on justice and the environment, and is a member of the Evangelical Alliance Board. 

The YMCA has appointed Fiona Summers to the newly created role of head of quality and compliance, where she will lead on improving external quality assurance. Summers previously worked at awarding body Ascentis. 

Summers will be joined at the organisation by Simon Titley, who takes up the role of head of centre support. Titley previously worked at Pearson, an education company. 

The appointments of Summers and Titley take the YMCA’s leadership team to five people.  

Ann Day has joined Safe Families for Children as its safeguarding and quality assurance director. 

Day will join the organisation from Gateshead Council’s Adult and Children’s Services Department, where she is currently service and quality assurance manager. 

Day will join the organisation at its national office based in the North East.

Social care provider Milestones Trust has appointed Geralyn Meehan as its new director of human relations. 

Meehan previously worked as an HR consultant with Smith & Williamson and was senior HR manager at CareUK.  


Muslim Charities Forum has appointed Clare Short as its new patron. 

Short is a former government cabinet minister and International Development Secretary, and will join as a patron alongside Sir Stephen Bubb and Andrew Mitchell MP. 

Short’s appointment was confirmed by MCF on 19 December. 


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