Who’s Moving: Parkinson’s UK, Women and Children First, Brain Charity and more

12 Jun 2023 News

Who's Moving is a fortnightly column that looks at people changing roles in the UK charity sector. This week, there are new CEO appointments at Brain Charity and Women and Children First.

Emma Cooper is director of community and participation at Parkinson's UK

Brain Charity welcomes next CEO

The Brain Charity has announced that Pippa Sargent is to become its next CEO in August. She will succeed Nanette Mellor, who leaves the role after nine years.

She has 25 years’ experience working in the health, voluntary, public ad private sectors. She is the owner and director of Social Marketing Partners Ltd, a marketing consultancy, and was previously a campaign manager at Tobacco Free Futures. Sargent was national director of Campaign Against Living Miserably for four years.

She said: “I will be focused on leading the Brain Charity to a place where we see increased funding to provide more services, and higher visibility for the issues that are important to us, to reach more people living with neurological conditions who can benefit from our services.

“I also hope to ensure that all staff and volunteers are happy and supported in the brilliant work they do, with inclusivity and wellbeing key.”

New CEO for Women and Children First

Beth Silver has been appointed Women and Children First’s new chief executive. She replaces Mikey Rosato, who steps down after 10 years.

Silver joined the charity in March 2022 as its deputy CEO. Before this, she was chair for 23rd Willesden Scouts and CEO of Maternity Worldwide for four months in 2019. She started her career as a solicitor at Hogan Lovells.

On leaving the role, Rosato said: “This decision has been hard to make. I love this charity. I am sure Women and Children First will deliver on its ambitions with energy, commitment, and purpose.

“Beth is a brilliant leader, full of ideas, initiative, and knowledge of community health. She will be an excellent champion of women’s rights to survive and thrive, wherever they are in the world.”

St George’s Hospital charity chief steps down

Amerjit Chohan will be leaving the hospital charity in mid-June after five years in post.

Chohan said the experience has been a highlight of his career. 

He said: “It’s thanks to my incredible team, trustees and colleagues at St George’s that I’ve had five amazing years at the charity. It has been the highlight of my career but, there is still much more that I want to do and I’m keen to explore new challenges. But, first up, I’m taking a break. Like many people working in the NHS, I’ve not managed to have a proper holiday since before the pandemic and I’m really looking forward to spending the school summer holidays with my young family.”

The process for a permanent CEO replacement is already underway but Starfish Search is managing the recruitment of an interim.

New director at POhWER

The advocacy and advice charity POhWER has appointed Vicky Hilpert as its new director of finance and resources after being appointed on an interim basis since April.

The charity now has an all-female executive team. Women make up more than 79% of the total POhWER workforce.

In her role, Hilpert will lead the charity’s strategic business planning and budgeting process. She joined POhWER after working in several senior roles within the NHS.

Chief executive Helen Moulinos said: “I am thrilled to welcome Vicky permanently to POhWER’s executive leadership team.

“Vicky brings with her experience, knowledge and insight of finance and resources. She will make a brilliant addition to our charity helping our efforts to achieve our mission of making sure everyone who wants to be heard is so.

“We are pleased to be welcoming her as a permanent member of our executive team.”

Parkinson’s UK announces director

Parkinson’s UK has announced that Emma Cooper will become its permanent director of community and participation after she stepped into the role in an interim capacity last October.

Cooper initially joined the charity in 2018 as its England director. She has experience in roles of local government and at Healthwatch.

Caroline Rassell, chief executive of Parkinson’s UK, said: “Emma was the outstanding candidate for this role, and it’s always a pleasure to be able to appoint knowledgeable and passionate people from within the charity to new, more senior positions. Emma will lead a directorate who are integral to the delivery of our newly refreshed strategy, allowing us to build a community of support for the Parkinson’s community  - giving them the information and support that they need, enabling them to feel in control and living well with the condition, no matter where they are in their Parkinson’s journey.”

The charity is currently recruiting for a chief finance and operations officer and recruitment for a director of people and culture is set to follow.

New committee members for the National Lottery Community Fund

The NLCF has announced three new England committee members whose terms are until 1 April 2027.

England committee members will play a role in ensuring the funder delivers its strategic ambitions and ensures equity, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of its decision-making.

Halima Khan has worked as a policymaker in national, regional and local government and at Nesta.

Kamran Rashid is founder and CEO of Impact Hub Bradford CIC, a co-working space. Rashid has over 20 years’ experience working in the charity sector, with previous roles being at UnLtd and the Foundation for Social Entrepeuners.

Karin Woodley is CEO of Cambridge House, a London-based anti-poverty charity. She has over 35 years’ experience in leading social action charities.

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