Who’s Moving: Save the Children, Brake, RNIB and more

22 Jan 2024 News

In this fortnightly column, Civil Society looks at people moving roles in the UK charity sector. This week, there are new CEOs at Brake, Mayhew, Pets as Therapy, and more...

Ross Moorlock is CEO of Brake


Mayhew unveils new CEO 

Animal welfare charity Mayhew has announced that Sherine Wheeler, CEO, will leave the charity at the end of March 2024 after almost two years in post. 

The board has appointed Elvira Meucci-Lyons to be its next CEO. She is set to join the charity from Butterfly Conservation where she is currently director of income, marketing and communications. Prior to this, she led fundraising and communications at CPRE, the countryside charity. 

Chair of Mayhew, Julianne Hicks, said: “I’m thankful to Sherine for her service to Mayhew and for her extraordinary leadership during a tough time in the sector. In the prevailing economic conditions, Mayhew, like many charities, has experienced a challenging financial and operational situation. I’m grateful for Sherine’s steadfast, warm and tenacious leadership. She has been ambitious for Mayhew and worked very hard to achieve our current position.”

Save the Children hires interim CEO

Gemma Sherrington, executive director of fundraising and marketing at Save the Children UK, has been appointed as interim CEO for the international development charity. 

She will take up the role on February 19 when CEO Gwen Hines steps down after three years. She leaves to become CEO of Plant Heritage in March. 

Sherrington joined Save the Children 16 years ago as its ventures manager and has worked her way up through director positions. 

Brake hires new CEO

Ross Moorlock has been appointed as CEO of Brake, the road safety charity, after taking up post on an interim basis last April. He replaced Mary Williams, founder and former CEO of Brake who held the role for 29 years. 

Moorlock has been with Brake since 2017 when he joined as chief operating officer. 

On his appointment, Moorlock said: “It’s a real privilege to have been chosen for this role and to lead Brake in what is an exciting new chapter for the charity. I am fortunate to work with a fantastically talented and motivated operational team and board at Brake, and I’m excited about continuing our work together as we grow the scale and impact of our organisation even further. The charity enters 2024 more determined than ever to stop crashes on our roads, reduce harm and support those affected through our National Road Victim Service.”

Pets as Therapy recruits new CEO

Steve Wibberley has been appointed as the pet charity’s new CEO. He replaces Clare Davis, who left the role after two years to lead Longfield Hospice. 

Wibberley joins from Cruse Bereavement Support, where he was CEO for over five years. He is currently chair of the River Thames Boat Project. 

On his appointment, Wibberley said: “I am honoured and excited to join Pets As Therapy as the new CEO. I’m committed to working alongside our dedicated team, volunteers and partners to ensure even more people receive the transformative benefits of time with pets and animal-assisted therapy.

Hft appoints new CEO 

The learning disability charity Hft has appointed Steve Veevers as its new CEO. He takes over from Kirsty Matthews, who stepped down after three years in post. 

Veevers became CEO after taking over the role on an interim basis last November. Before that, he worked as managing director at Care Dorset UK for a year. He holds experience in senior roles at Dorset Council UK, Discovery and more. 

Chair of the board of trustees, Amanda Bunce, said: “Steve brings with him a commitment to collaborative approaches across local communities, not-for-profit providers and statutory organisations to help people live their best lives, something he will support Hft to continue doing well.”

Medaille Trust CEO steps down

The Medaille Trust’s CEO, Garry Smith, has announced he will be stepping down after six years in post. 

He is set to take up the role of director of mission at Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL). 

Medaille Trust is now taking applications for the role, which is advertised with a salary of £80,000 - £90,000 a year. 

New chair appointed to Elischer Foundation

Luke Mallett is the incoming chair of the Elischer Foundation, which was created in memory of the fundraiser Tony Elischer. 

Mallett takes over from Richard Taylor, who held the role since 2022 after joining the trustee board in 2019. 

Mallett is a volunteer mentor at the charity and has twenty years of leadership experience in the sector, having held roles at Save the Children, British Heart Foundation and Young Lives vs Cancer. 

Outgoing chair Taylor said: “Under Luke's leadership, the foundation is poised for an even brighter future. Serving as a trustee has been an honour, and I look forward to witnessing the great accomplishments to come under Luke's stewardship, who has both my sincere thanks and utmost confidence.”

New director at Zoological Society of London

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has appointed Catherine Hart as its director of development. She takes over from Meredith Hunter. 

Hart joins from Guy’s and St Thomas’ where she was director of fundraising for over four years.

Before that, she was head of major gifts at UCL. She began her career at Cancer Research UK where she worked in various roles for over eight years.

Hart said: “I am thrilled to be joining ZSL at such a pivotal point in its journey. The work of ZSL has never been more vital. With ambitious plans on the horizon, I’m looking forward to getting started in my new role, working together with the extraordinary team at ZSL and its supporters to make a greater impact on the world's wildlife.”

RNIB appoints new chief people officer

Sean Mileusnic is set to join the charity as its chief people officer in early February. 

Mileusnic’s most recent role was as global vice president of people and culture. He has held senior roles at Royal Mail, Yorkshire Building Society Group and more. 

He will lead the people function at the charity and focus on developing high-performing teams and a collaborative culture. 

RNIB CEO Matt Stringer said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sean to the charity. Sean brings broad, relevant experience to bear from a range of different sectors which will strengthen our leadership team.
“As someone passionate about making a difference, Sean is training to be a Special Constable in his spare time. After taking some time to consider his next steps, I’m pleased that he wants to make that difference at RNIB to help us create a society where blind and partially sighted people can participate equally.”

Young Lives vs Cancer appoints director of income generation 

Dominique Davis has been appointed as the new director of income generation at Young Lives vs Cancer. 

Davis has an extensive background in the charity sector, joining the charity from Teach First where she was director of fundraising. She was also UK national director for Right to Play and spent 10 years at Save the Children where she led their humanitarian fundraising team.

Rachel Kirby-Rider, CEO, said: “We’re excited to welcome Dominique, who brings fantastic fundraising knowledge and expertise as well as great energy and leadership.” 

She will take up her new role at the end of January, and said: “I'm thrilled to be joining Young Lives vs Cancer. Thousands of young people are affected by cancer every year and its Young Lives vs Cancer’s holistic approach to supporting these children and their families that really inspires me. As the need for cancer support continues to grow, so does the need to generate the financial and non-financial support so we can continue to deliver our promise to support young cancer patients.” 

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