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10 Jan 2022 News

Brian Wood is an ambassador for Walking With The Wounded

Brian Wood becomes Walking With The Wounded ambassador 

Military charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) has appointed famous former soldier Brian Wood as an ambassador. 

Wood has previously partnered with Royal British Legion which sells his Keep Attacking clothing line. The soldier was falsely accused of committing war crimes in 2009, an experience he immortalised in the novel Double Crossed, which inspired the BBC Drama Danny Boy. 

The former colour sergeant commented: “I am excited and honoured to have been appointed as an ambassador for WWTW.  I have supported the charity for years and I know they continue to support so many people who need it. Keep Attacking!”

Shelter Cymru welcomes new chair

Homelessness charity Shelter Cymru has appointed Mike Theodoulou as its new chair of trustees. He will take over from Shayne Hembrow in March 2022. 

Theodoulou is national chair of One Voice Wales, which represents town and community councils in Wales. He is CEO of the social justice charity Centre for Building Social Action and is mayor of Pembrey and Burry Port. 

On his appointment, Theodoulou shared that his motivation for joining the homelessness charity stemmed from his own lived experience: “When I was 17/18 we were made homeless. I was the oldest of five siblings and I watched my mother trying to raise five children, trying to feed five children under difficult circumstances until I started earning. That had a huge impact on my life.”

WWT appoints new chief executive

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) announced that Sarah Fowler will become its next chief executive. Fowler succeeds Martin Spray, who retired from WWT in 2020 after sixteen years. Kevin Peberdy was interim CEO throughout the pandemic, and Fowler will take over the role in March 2022. 

Fowler joins from Peak District National Park, where she is currently the CEO. She has a history of environmental work, as she worked in various senior roles in the Environment Agency for over nine years. She has been CEO at the Peterborough Environment City Trust, head of water policy at the RSPB and head of water and wetlands at English Nature. Fowler began her career with WWT in 1991 as a water research officer, and now returns as its CEO. 

Crown Foundation appoints new trustees

Crown Foundation, a fundraising non-profit that supports children’s charities, welcomes four trustees to its board. The charity is an offshoot of the Crown Partnership, an events, hospitality and catering company. 

The four new trustees all work with Crown Partnership: 

  • Candice Marnell is a marketing manager Crown Partnership, the Crown Foundation’s umbrella company. She has over 10 years of experience in marketing. 
  • Gareth Wilson is catering director at KUDOS Catering, which merged under the Crown Partnership last year. 
  • Nicky Pratt is a business development director at Crown Partnership and has been in the role for just over five years. 
  • Jackie Harding has been with Crown Partnership as its managing partner for 18 years. 


The new team is planning events to raise funds for Crown Partnership’s chosen charities, which include Starlight, Marie Curie and Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

The Reader welcomes new trustees

Literacy charity The Reader has appointed three new trustees to its board:

  • Neil Atkinson is the chief executive officer of The Anfield Wrap, a Liverpool Football Club multimedia organisation. 
  • Helen Willows is a GP in Shropshire and in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. She volunteers with the charity as a reader leader. 
  • Olu Alake is the CEO of the community charity The Peel Institute which aims to use the arts and culture to bring people together. Previously, Alake was a fellow at the RSA and strategic grants lead at The London Marathon Charitable Trust. 

It has also appointed two new board members to the community interest company that oversees the social enterprises that generate income for the charity: 

  • Kelly Spells is commercial director of the HQ and Mills & Boon imprints at Harper Collins.
  • Pauline Hughes is a freelance executive coach, virtual facilitator, strategic communications consultant. 

Oral Health Foundation announces new president and trustee

The Oral Health Foundation (OHF) has announced its new president, Mhari Coxon. She succeeds dentist Ben Atkins, who has been president of the board for the last two years. Though Atkins is stepping down, he will remain on the board of trustees. 

OHF’s new president worked in dentistry from 1992-2010 where she changed career paths into healthcare marketing. She is currently healthcare and prescription marketing lead at Johnson & Johnson.  

New chair for Guy’s & St Thomas Foundation

Independent charity Guy’s & St Thomas Foundation, which supports the NHS, has appointed a new chair. 

Debu Purkayastha is also board of directors at the University of Cambridge and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. He is on Unilever’s advisory board and TaDaweb’s investor board. He was a principal at Google for six years. 

He succeeds Wol Kolade, who was chairman from 2015-2022. 

Ambitious about Autism appoints seven new trustees

Ambitious about Autism and its Schools Trust has appointed seven new trustees. Its Schools Trust is an exempt charity which focuses on advancing school’s resources for autistic children and young people. 

The new trustees are:

  • Helen Jeffries has with lived experience of autism. She works in the Covid Task Force of the Cabinet Office and has over 10 years’ experience working in the public sector. 
  • Jack Welch is an autistic advocate who has worked with various charities including Mencap and has worked for the charity Rethink Mental Illness. 
  • Andy Forbes joins from College of Haringey Enfield and North East London where he is principal. 
  • Eduardo Gutierrez-Garcia is a partner at Development Partners International. 
  • Laura Palmer is head of service in education for a local authority. Her son is autistic and attends The Rise School.
  • Kumar Tangri is also a father to an autistic son, and is an accountant. 
  • Deborah Brooks will become a trustee for the charity in March. 

New trustee for RSPCA

Former chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Amanda Bringans has been appointed to the RSPCA’s board. She replaces Barbara Gardner, who retired in late 2021. 

She is currently freelance executive, leadership and life coach whilst she studies for a Masters degree in Psychology. She has worked at charities such as Battersea, British Heart Foundation and Macmillan. 

Bringans received an OBE for services to charity in the 2022 Honours List. 

Lumos appoints new chair

Children’s charity Lumos has appointed Carol Copland as its new chair. She succeeds Neil Blair, who occupied the role since 2013. 

Copland has been on Lumos’s board of trustees since 2017 and runs her own legal practice. She is a commercial lawyer with experience at Metaswitch Networks Ltd and Linklaters. 

Five new trustees for The King’s Fund

Health charity The King’s Fund has appointed five new trustees to its board: 

  • Alan Brown has a background in investment management and has experience as a governor of the Wellcome Trust. 
  • Dr Annalisa Jenkins is a physician who is chair of the Court at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and sits on the board of Genomics England. 
  • Professor Kamila Hawthorne has been a GP at Royal College of General Practitioners Council since 2002. Previously, she was a trustee for Diabetes UK. 
  • Richard Clark is non-executive chair of The College of Legal Practice and a commercial mediator. He is also a trustee of Thrombosis Research Institute, London and worked at the legal tech firm Slaughter and May for over 32 years. 
  • Dr Stephanie Kuku is a senior consultant at Hardian Health and an advisor at Spex Capital. She is also a senior advisor on medical technology and clinical AI at the World Health Organisation. 

The new trustees were chosen from 80 candidates who applied for the roles.

New director of fundraising for RNIB

Chris Jarrett joins sight loss charity RNIB as its new director of fundraising, succeeding head of fundraising Alex McDowell who occupied the role while a full-time appointee was recruited. 

Jarrett joins from Sense where he acted as group director of engagement. He has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising leadership roles in charities like British Heart Foundation, The Prince’s Trust, Breast Cancer Now and more.

Hft appoints two new chief officers

Learning disabilities charity Hft has appointed two new chief officers, Devia Gurjar and Teresa Parker. 

Gurjar will lead the charity and external affairs portfolio. Previously, Gurjar was director of brand and marketing and interim fundraising at Barnardo’s. She has also worked with the charities Girlguiding, Scope and RNIB. She is currently a trustee of MND Association. 

Parker will be working as Hft’s chief commercial housing officer. She has experience as a managing director at Birmingham Women and Children’s Hospital and director at Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Abbeyfield Society. 

New special advisor for Podium Analytics

Podium Analytics, a charity dedicated to preventing incidence and injury in sport, has appointed former tennis player Debbie Jevans as a special advisor. 

Jevans was head of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid and CEO of 2015 Rugby World Cup. Jevans was named Football League’s first female chair in 2018. Currently, she is a trustee of Invictus Games Foundation and the EFL Trust.

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund gains trustee

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) has appointed Claire Daniels as a trustee of its board. 

Daniels is CEO of Trio Media, a digital marketing agency. Daniels aims to support the Yorkshire-based charity with strategic digital marketing. Daniels was awarded most influential CEO of 2021 in Leeds. 

Two new directors join Alcohol Change UK

Alcohol Change UK, a charity that aims to reduce the harm caused by alcohol, has appointed two new directors.

Emily Hamilton joins the charity as director of marketing and communications from LandAid where she was most recently head of communications and engagement. She replaces Maddy Lawson, who was director of communications until late last year. 

Ailar Hashemzadeh joins as director of research and public affairs. She currently works as public affairs manager at charity Versus Arthritis until she takes up the position at Alcohol Change in late January. Previously, Hashemzadeh worked as a public affairs officer at Breast Cancer Now and a campaigns officer for Labour Campaign for Human Rights. 

Staying Put welcomes three new board members

The Yorkshire-based domestic abuse and sexual violence charity has recruited three new members. 

Paula Gardner joins as co-chair of Staying Put and is currently operations director at wellbeing charity Barca Leeds. 

Adrian Gaughan becomes a board member and is currently director of strategy and propositions at Experian. 

Jamil Ismail joins as a board member and is a director at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors in Bradford. 

New CEO for Beaver Trust

Restoration and conservation charity the Beaver Trust has appointed Sandra King as its new CEO. She succeeds James Wallace, who has held the role for almost three years. 

King takes up the role in February. Currently, she is chief philanthropy officer at Community Foundation Tyne and deputy CEO at Wear and Northumberland. Previously, she acted as chair of Northumberland Wildlife Trust. 

New director of operations for Alzheimer’s Society

Dara de Burca will become Alzheimer’s Society’s new director of operations on 1 April 2022. She succeeds Helen Foster, who stepped down last year to become a director at the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Burca is also executive director of youth impact at the Children’s Society. She is a qualified social worker and has previously worked for Young Lives vs Cancer as its director of services.

Fraud Advisory Panel gains new chair

The charitable watchdog, Fraud Advisory Panel, has appointed Sir David Green as its new chair. He replaces David Clarke, who left the role after three years.

Green was formerly the director of the Serious Fraud Office for six years, and has been director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office. Before this, he was a barrister for 25 years. 

New executive director for The Equality Trust

The Equality Trust campaigns against economic and social inequalities, and has appointed Dr Zubaida Haque as its new executive director. 

Haque is a social scientist and researcher with a doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Recently, she has worked at The Runnymede Trust for six years and most recently as its interim director. She has experience s a research manager at the National Offender Management Service and as a research manager at the Ministry of Justice. 

Haque said: “We have some significant challenges ahead: Covid-19 has exposed the consequences of structural inequalities in our society, but we are also faced with increasing levels of poverty in the UK as working families face the triple whammy of higher energy prices, higher taxes and rising inflation in 2022. We still have far to go with addressing inequalities, but I am very excited to be leading The Equality Trust in this next phase, and I am looking forward to working with a dedicated board and an inspirational team.”

Bowel Cancer UK announces new chair

The bowel cancer charity welcomes Richard Anderson as its new chair after the departure of Patrick Figgis, who stepped down last month after eight years on the board. 

Anderson has a background in healthcare and life science communications. He is co-founder of Sciad Communications, a science, health and tech agency, and was chair of Burson-Marsteller’s healthcare practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa for over two years. The new chair first became involved with the charity in 2013 as a trustee. 

Royal Academy of Dance appoints new chief executive

In March Tim Arthur will take up the position of chief executive at The Royal Academy of Dance. He succeeds Luke Rittner, who retires after 23 years in post.

He has previously been CEO of Cardboard Citizens, a charity that creates theatre with and for homeless people. He has been artistic director of Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and is a playwright. Anderson has worked at large companies Virgin Money and Time Out as creative director and global CEO respectively. 

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