Who’s Moving: Sense, ACT for Cancer, Central YMCA and more

02 Sep 2019 News

CEO and executive director

James’ Place, the suicide prevention charity, has appointed Ellen O’Donoghue, formerly head of programmes at the Royal Foundation, as its new executive director. 

She also worked at the Movember Foundation, where she was director of health promotion programmes.

O’Donoghue said: “I am hugely looking forward to working with my new colleagues, our partners and the wider sector to make sure that as many people as possible can access support when they need it most.”

Its co-founder, Clare Milford Haven, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ellen to her new role as executive director at James’ Place; Ellen has a unique understanding of the specific service that our charity offers.

“Ellen brings to us the expertise to give practical effect to our ambition of opening more James’ Place centres across the country, and the invaluable insight to help more men hear our message that it is OK not to be OK.”

Central YMCA has appointed a new CEO, Arvinda Gohil.

She was previously CEO at Emmaus UK and the National Housing Federation. She was recently awarded an OBE for her services.

As former CEO of the Social Housing Foundation in South Africa, Arvinda also brings international experience to the role.

Gohil said: “I’m excited and delighted to be joining Central YMCA and look forward to contributing to its ongoing success and impact.”

Mark Andrews, chair of Central YMCA, said: “Arvinda is a highly respected voice commentating on the third sector, its role in civil society and the contribution it makes to people’s lives. She will bring a wealth of social enterprise experience to Central YMCA and we all look forward to working with her.

She will succeed Rosi Prescott who has been with the Charity for 20 years, including 16 years as its CEO.

Sanj Srikanthan has left International Rescue Committee to join ShelterBox as CEO.

Tufail Hussain was appointed as new director of Islamic Relief UK.


ACT for Cancer has appointed Sue O’Lone as its new fundraising director.

O’Lone joins the charity from UCLH Charity, where she raised funds for cancer services within the NHS and after four years at JDRF UK heading up its high value fundraising teams. She has experience working in a range of charities, including cancer charities Macmillan Cancer Support and CLIC Sargent. 

ACT was set up by Baroness Tessa Jowell. The charity is now led by her daughter Jess Mills.

Sue O’Lone, fundraising director of ACT said: “Being part of such a fantastic young organisation, taking the next step in its development, is such an exciting opportunity. The work that ACT does is incredibly vital and ambitious, and it’s a challenge I am greatly looking forward to.

“Building on the excellent work that has already been achieved, the ACT team is committed to delivering ground-breaking and innovative programmes that will mean real, impactful change for everyone with an untreatable cancer. Together, we can inspire change, advance research, and ensure everyone gets every chance.”

Jess Mills, chief executive of ACT, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Sue to our team. I’ve no doubt she will do a fantastic job of attracting support for our movement for change. Sue has tremendous experience in the charity sector and has incredible energy and passion for our mission.”


The national disability charity, Sense, has appointed Lord Levy as its new president.  He becomes the first to fill the role in the charity’s 64-year history.

Lord Levy is currently president of Jewish Care, Barnet & Southgate College, Jewish Free School and Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade. He was previously president of Volunteering Matters and chairman of the Academies Trust in Education.

Sense chief executive, Richard Kramer, said: “Lord Levy has achieved an astonishing level of success for the causes he has supported, and we’re privileged to appoint him as president of Sense and Sense International.

“We will benefit from his wisdom, energy and compassion, driven by a shared belief that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.”

Lord Levy said: “I am delighted to be appointed president of Sense. I have been touched by the incredible work the charity does to support some of the most vulnerable people in society. This work has never been of greater importance, and it’s why I’m honoured to be asked to support them in this role.”

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