Rural Arts appoints CEO
Rural Arts, a North Yorkshire charity, has announced Michael Slavin will be joining as its chief executive.
He joins from York Theatre Royal where he spent five years as operations director.
On his appointment, Slavin said: “As someone who grew up in North Yorkshire and has a deep love for its people and places, the opportunity to lead Rural Arts was irresistible and I’m delighted to be joining in the New Year. It’s an incredible organisation which delivers a diverse and engaging range of projects across a huge geographic area whilst genuinely changing people’s lives for the better.”
Youth Futures Foundation appoints chief executive
Youth Futures, a non-profit organisation that aims to help young people from marginalised backgrounds, has announced its next chief executive will be Barry Fletcher who will take over next January. He succeeds the founding CEO, Anna Smee, who stepped down at the start of this year.
He joins from the charity Career Connect where he acted as chief executive officer for almost three years. He is the non-executive director of Youth Employment UK, chair of the Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone and a board member for Careers England.
Fletcher commented: “I am delighted to be joining Youth Futures Foundation. The organisation has achieved a huge amount in a relatively short time. It has established itself as the leading organisation identifying what works in supporting marginalised young people into employment. I look forward to building on this alongside an exceptional team working closely with grantees, stakeholders and most importantly young people.”
New CEO for Education and Training Foundation
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has announced Katerina Kolyva as its next chief executive. She will take up the role next February, and succeeds David Russell, who had been in the role for eight years before he stepped down in April. Jennifer Jarvis is currently interim chief executive.
Kolyva joins from the Council of Deans of Health, a UK-wide membership organisation of UK universities where she acted as chief executive. She has worked as a teacher in universities across Europe and the Middle East. She chairs the ACEVO Women Charity CEO Group on leadership and is a trustee of Queen’s Nursing Institute.
On her appointment, Kolyva said: “I am delighted to be joining the Education and Training Foundation during this truly exciting and important time for the sector. Having worked in education for my entire career as a teacher, policy strategist and sector leader, I bring passion and commitment to education, training and lifelong learning. I very much look forward to working with the board, staff and in partnership with sector organisations to lead the ETF to its next phase of development, ensuring that the needs of the sector stay at the heart of its future strategic direction”.
New CEO and chair for JTL Training
JTL, a charity that helps provide apprenticeships in the building and engineering sector, has announced the appointment of its new chair Sir John Low and new chief executive, Chris Claydon.
New chair Low joined his role at the start of this month and brings with him over 20 years of experience working in technology and engineering. He was chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and was formerly chair of ACEVO and chief executive of RNID in 1999 to 2007.
Claydon joins as JTL’s chief executive in February. He joins from ECITB, a skills, standards and qualifications body for engineering. Before that, he was in the army for 30 years.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS) appoints new CEO and chair
Lesley Rose has been appointed the charity’s chief executive, and Freya Anglin-Liiv its chair. Rose succeeds Eric Thwaites, who will retire at the end of this year after 16 years at the organisation.
Rose has been chief financial officer at the charity since 2017, while Anglin-Liiv has been promoted from treasurer and trustee.
It comes as the charity rebrands in an attempt to raise its profile.
Rose said: “We’ve witnessed in the past two years both an increasing demand of our services, as well as other bereavement services coming to market. Uniquely SoBS is the only UK peer-to-peer charity offering lived experience and comfort to those who find themselves thrust into a deeply distressing time in their lives”.
Prostate Cancer UK welcomes chair
Prostate Cancer UK has welcomed Doris Olulode as its chair of trustees. She takes over from Charles Packshaw, who has been in the role for six years.
Most recently Olulode was HR Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She led the African Ancestry Network at Ford and is currently the chair of the EDI taskforce at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
Olulode commented: “I am proud to be joining the board of trustees at Prostate Cancer UK as chair, and look forward to working with the charity to realise a future where we can save and improve the lives of men with prostate cancer. My own personal experience with the disease, which has affected members of my family, has shown me the importance of awareness raising, encouraging men to understand their risk and to look after their health.”
New chair for Long Covid SOS
The recently registered Covid charity Long Covid SOS has appointed its chair, Dr Linda Baines. Baines is an independent researcher and visiting researcher at Southampton Business School (SBS), University of Southampton. She is the chair of Irise International and was previously a mentor and volunteer at UnLtd.
On her appointment, Dr Baines said: “With currently no effective treatment out there for all of those with Long Covid, it is clear to me that this campaigning work is even more essential - to push for greater recognition and understanding of this disease, to drive forward effective and targeted research and most importantly, to provide support and resources to those struggling to recover.”
Waste & Resources Action Programme welcomes chair
WRAP, a charity working to tackle the climate crisis, has appointed Sebastien Munden as its chair. He succeeds Julie Hill.
Munden is former executive vice president and general manager for Unilever UK & Ireland. He is also chair of Ad Net Zero which works with the advertising industry to deliver sustainable behaviour and net zero goals.
He said: “I see WRAP as a major force in the fight against climate change, and a key organisation building systemic change through an increasingly global network of collaboration with both governments and business.”
YMCA St Paul’s Group announces chair
The charity has announced Helen Brewer will be succeeding Andy Palmer as chair.
Brewer has been a trustee of the YMCA since 2016. She has had career in banking, finance and health and wellbeing consultancy.
She said: “I look forward to building on what I have been part of with Andy and honoured to lead YMCA St Paul’s Group on its journey into its next chapter. We have strong governance and financial leadership alongside a highly-skilled, diverse, and committed Board. This is a challenging but exciting time for us as a charity.”
Care Workers’ Charity appoints chair
The Care Workers’ Charity has appointed Martin Jones, chief executive of Home Instead UK as its chair.
Jones takes over the role from Ben Allen who is leaving the role after almost six years.
Martin has been a trustee of the CWC for five years, and is also a member of the finance committee.
New head of communications for Ormiston Families
Andrew Fitchett has been named the charity’s first head of communications and engagement.
He joins the charity after nine years at the helm of Norwich-based publisher Archant where he was group editor for its weekly titles.
Fitchett started earlier this month and hopes to boost the charity’s reputation and engagement with fundraisers.
He said: “I can already see the power of the work it is doing in helping families and young people improve their quality of life and access opportunities and experiences they might not have been able to previously.
“My job now is to raise awareness of that fantastic work and encourage people to support us in continuing to provide it for many years to come.”
Turn2us appoints director of programmes and partnerships
Turn2us, the anti-poverty charity, has appointed Sarah McLoughlin as its new director of programmes and partnerships. McLoughlin succeeds Sonya Ruparel, who left the post after three years to become chief executive of Women in Prison.
McLoughlin has been promoted from her role as head of national grant programmes at Turn2us which she occupied for a year. Before this, she was a grants and programme manager at the charity Nesta. She has volunteered at several charities, including Breast Cancer Care, North Paddington Foodbank, Age UK and more.
Thomas Lawson, chief executive at Turn2us, commented: “Sarah’s appointment comes at a critical time, as we continue through a period of transformational change for the charity and for grant making more generally. Along with the wider team, she will play a pivotal role in building on the work already undertaken, as we move into a new chapter and the development of our new five-year strategy”.
Disasters Emergency Committee appoints honorary treasurer
DEC has appointed Melanie Hind as the new honorary treasurer. She succeeds Jane Hanson CBE, who has been in post for four years.
Hind has been a trustee of DEC since July, and is also a director at OneFamily. She has worked for KPMG UK, Hind Advisory Services and more in various senior roles.
Sue Inglish, chair of trustees at the DEC, said: “We are delighted to welcome Melanie to the Board of the DEC as Honorary Treasurer. She brings a wealth of experience in business and the voluntary sector which will be of great value as we negotiate the challenges facing the sector. We all look forward to working with her.”
Aphasia Support gains new trustee
Aphasia Support has appointed Peter Osborne as a trustee. He is a former journalist and an expert in communications, with over 20 years of experience in various public affairs and communication roles.
Osborne said: “Aphasia affects over 350,000 people in the UK, yet like 85% of the public, I had not heard of the condition when I considered becoming a trustee. This is why effective communication is so vital. We need to spread the word about aphasia so that those living with the condition feel less isolated. As I work closely with the fantastic team and trustees, I hope I can help raise the profile of Aphasia Support and shout about the fantastic services that we provide.”