Who’s Moving: Ramblers, Power to Change, Neuroblastoma UK and more

21 Mar 2022 News

Ross Maloney is CEO of Ramblers

The Ramblers appoints new CEO

Walking charity the Ramblers has appointed Ross Maloney as its new CEO. He will take over in July 2022 from interim CEO Tanya Curry, who held the role for two years. 

He joins charity from Scouts, where he is currently the deputy chief executive and chief operating officer. Previously, he had been CEO at the  global charity WorldSkills UK. 

Maloney said: “I’m especially passionate about seeking to make the Ramblers accessible to, and reflective of, communities across Great Britain, and I’m pleased to be joining at a time when there is so much opportunity to make that a reality.” 

New trustees for Power to Change 

Business leaders Sarah Gorman, Mellissa Mean and Jess Steele have joined Power to Change as trustees. 

Gorman is the CEO of community business Edberts House. Gorman began the business as the only employee, and after 11 years in post, she has built a team of 40 paid staff and 50 volunteers. 

Mean is the founding director of We Can Make, a community-led housing programme that is part of Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol. It unlocks micro-sites for affordable homes. 

Steele has almost 30 years’ experience as a local community activist and entrepreneur in Hastings, and was part of the Community Business Panel in 2015 when Power to Change was first launched. 

Team GB Paralympian becomes patron for Neuroblastoma UK

Charlotte Moore has joined Neuroblastoma UK as a patron. Moore is a Paralympian who has represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball, has won medals in the 2018 World Championships and several European Championships. 

Moore was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was just 12 weeks old. It caused her to be permanently paralysed below the waist.  

New chief executive for Nottinghamshire Deaf Society

Will Burchell has been named the new chief executive of Nottinghamshire Deaf Society. 

Burchell has almost 20 years’ experience in the charity sector. Previously, he held senior roles at Framework Charity, Dimensions UK, Turning Point and Autism East Midlands. 

Diabetes UK Cymru appoints new director

Rachel Burr has been appointed Diabetes UK Cymru’s national director. She succeeds Dai Williams, who retired after 13 years in the role. 

Burr joins with 15 years’ experience in the sector. Most recently, she worked as director for Wales at Community Transport Association. She has held senior roles at Dogs Trust, Citizens Advice and Brake, a road safety charity. 

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) welcomes new trustees

Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) has appointed three new trustees who will join its board in April. 

  • Judith Feline is currently prison governor of HMP Maidstone. She joined the Prison Service in 2009, and has worked in five prisons since. Previously, she was chief of Kent County Council and has worked in civil society roles.  
  • Ken Merry is currently the vice-principal for quality at Barnsley College in South Yorkshire. Prior to this, he was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for Ofsted and published a book called Preparing for Ofsted. During this role, he inspected a wide range of providers including the education provision in prisons. 
  • Lewis Owens has worked in education for over 20 years and is a trustee of the Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge, advisor for Hostage International and a board member of Time-Matters UK which supports children who have a parent in prison. In 2018 he set up a fundraiser which raised over £100,000 for vulnerable people. 

Women’s charity appoints deputy chair

Smart Works Newcastle, a charity for women trying to get into employment, has appointed Lisa Eaton as its deputy chair. 

Eaton is the founder of the creative agency Unwritten Group and has been a trustee on Smart Works board since last year. She has over 20 years industry experience.  

On her appointment, Eaton said: “I’m taking on this new role at a time when we plan to double the number of women we support to over 720, which will involve dedicated stakeholder and referrer engagement to ensure that North East women are aware of the service we offer. Supporting brands and causes I believe in sits at the heart of what we do at Unwritten, so I’m keen to ensure we reach our ambitious plans and I can’t wait to watch how the charity grows over the coming years.”

BHF appoints chief technology officer  

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has appointed Alex Duncan, most recently the global director of digital & data at Costa Coffee, as its new chief technology officer. She will join the charity in May.  
Duncan will be responsible for delivering the BHF’s technology roadmap in support of the charity's strategy to 2030. This will include a focus on how technology can best support research and innovation; help people affected by heart and circulatory disease; and drive income growth across the BHF’s commercial, retail and fundraising offerings as it emerges from the pandemic. 

She has experience in leading teams across a variety of technology roles. She was previously CTO of the Ambassador Theatre Group and director of IT at shopping channel, QVC. She was also head of online development for the online travel and leisure retailer, lastminute.com.  

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