Who’s Moving: Shaw Trust, United Response, St Mungo’s, and more 

04 Jun 2021 News

Leah Charlson, Liz Knight, Scotty Bell, staff at Simon on the Streets.

Photo by Sam Toolsie

Su Hamblyn announced as Launchpad’s new chief executive 

Launchpad, a homelessness prevention charity, has appointed Su Hamblyn as its new chief executive.

She was Launchpad’s director of operations for six years before being appointed as acting chief executive when Ian Caren stepped down in October 2020. 

Previously, Hamblyn was a senior manager in retail for 20 years and also held the role of area manager for a local housing association, where she had oversight of the organisation’s properties and support services.

Active Cheshire announces new chief executive 

Active Cheshire has appointed Mike Watson as its new chief executive. 

The charity is part of Active Partnerships chain across the country that aims to better people’s lives through exercise. 

He joins after his career as chief executive of Cheshire FA where he led the County Football Association.

Watson said: “I am very pleased to have been offered this role and look forward to working with our partners to reverse the huge dent 2020 has left on many people’s physical and mental wellbeing.”

Involve appoints new chief executive and director of advocacy and communications

Involve has appointed Sarah Castell as the new chief executive and Calum Green as new director of advocacy and communications.

Castell brings 17 years of leadership in public participation and deliberation at Ipsos MORI. This includes establishing and heading the Dialogue Centre from 2009 to 2019.

Green brings 10 years’ experience of leading campaigns and communications strategy. Most recently, as chief executive of London Community Land Trust.

Castell will take over the leadership of Involve from Tim Hughes, outgoing director, from 6 September 2021. Green will join from 9 August 2021.

New chief executive for Anglia Care Trust

Anglia Care Trust (ACT) has promoted the previous director of business support, Jane Simpson, as new chief executive.

Anglia Care Trust is a multi-service charity in Ipswich that specialises in preventative, community-based support for some of the East of England’s most vulnerable people.

Simpson has worked at ACT since 2006. She said: “Whilst the pandemic year was testing for everyone at ACT, I am so proud of this incredible team of staff and volunteers, for their tenacity and determination to keep open for business and continue getting the support to the most vulnerable people.  I am looking forward to leading this team and being able to return to offering even more face-to-face services as the roadmap out of lockdown becomes clearer.” 

Protect whistleblowing charity appoints two new trustees

Protect has appointed two new trustees to the board.

Ravinder Passi is a UK qualified solicitor with over 21 years of experience and has first-hand experience of what it means to be a whistleblower.

He worked in Japan for over eight years, where he was global general counsel of a major car company and in charge of the global legal and IP functions.

Rebecca Lloyd is an experienced leader in the voluntary sector, having worked in a variety of fundraising and grantmaking roles over her career.  

This includes managing fundraising teams at The National Autistic Society, Voluntary Service Overseas, and Wateraid and most recently leading the grantmaking programme of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund. 

Lloyd was previously a trustee of Bliss, the premature baby charity.

Midlands Air Ambulance charity appoints new trustees

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has appointed Vivienne McVey and Neal Hooper to its board of trustees.

McVey is chief executive of Virgin Care, leading the business to deliver publicly funded health and care services in partnership with the NHS and local authorities. She was one of the founder members of the business and has overseen its growth since it began in 2010.

Hooper is managing director of Aico Ltd, a market leader in domestic fire and Carbon Monoxide protection.

Shaw Trust appoints new trustees

Shaw Trust has announced six new trustees will join its board. The new trustees will replace long-standing trustees retiring after their three terms.

Diane Cote, Stephen Pegge and Lara Oyesanya joined last month, with James Stewart, Audrey Coutinho, and Kalm Paul Christian joining on a staggered basis through to the end of 2021.  

A seventh trustee specialising in HR is now being sought. 

Sir Kenneth Olisa, chair of The Shaw Trust, said: “Shaw Trust continues to help hundreds of thousands of people improve their lives despite challenging circumstances.  In meeting and growing our mission, I am honoured to be joined by our new trustees who, as volunteers, will give their time and considerable talents to ensure that Shaw Trust delivers its strategy.” 

Young Enterprise appoints new trustees

Young Enterprise, the national charity for enterprise education, has appointed two new young trustees, Sabreen Ahsan and Mina Karshala to join with effect from July 2021. 

Young Enterprise has recruited these two new young trustees to bring fresh insight and perspective to the charity’s operations.

Ahsan has a background in working for education charities and brings a passion for supporting young people in education. She founded PIYA Media, a digital marketing agency for BAME creatives and entrepreneurs.

Karshala is a 2013 Young Enterprise alumna and attributes her experience with Young Enterprise as the foundation of her career path. She works at an education charity and runs her own business during her evenings and weekends.

Disability charity appoints two new trustees 

National disability charity United Response has appointed two new trustees. 

Satya Satal and Paul Marriner will both formally join from July 2021 as part of a wider commitment from the charity to strengthen the diversity of its leadership team.

They both bring skills in digital technology and business systems.

Former senior civil servant Marriner is a CIMA-qualified accountant bringing 20 years of consulting experience to his new role. He has also spent time working as a trustee for Cerebral Palsy Sports.

Satal has built businesses from scratch, improved underperforming organisations and delivered complex technology initiatives to not-for-profits, government bodies and smaller companies. 

Trio of new appointments for Yorkshire homelessness charity

West-Yorkshire-based homelessness charity Simon on the Streets has made three new appointments to its team.

Scotty Bell will become co-production lead, Leah Charlson as fundraising manager and Liz Knight as outreach team leader.

Having been homeless himself, gaining his first fixed address in 17 years in 2010, Bell started his career in West Yorkshire Probation Trust, before going on to work for Kirklees-based counselling service Lifeline. 

His role ensures that the charity involves the people that use the service to better improve it.

Charlson joins the charity with two years’ experience working in the third sector for Leeds United Foundation and St. Johns Hospice in Lancaster.

Knight joins the charity with 17 years’ experience in the sector having worked for Community Links, a hostel for people with mental health issues that have just left hospital before working at St. Anne’s Community Services where she undertook several roles. 

St Mungo’s announces new executive directors and board of trustee members

St Mungo’s has appointed three new executive directors to its senior leadership team to support delivery of its new strategic plan.

Two of the three appointments will be in newly created roles.

Alison Muir, the new executive director of housing services, and Ranjeet Bhupla, the new executive director of information technology and transformation will both be joining the organisation in August.

Jonathan Manuel, the new executive director of finance, will join in July, replacing the current executive director of finance, following her recent retirement. 

St Mungo’s has also added three new members to its board of trustees. They are Teddy Nyahasha, currently chief executive of OneFamily, Darren Johnson, currently chief operating officer at Impax Asset Management, and Stephen Smith, currently a board member with Orbit Housing Group, and a former board and executive member of the National Audit Office.

The new chair Joanna Killian takes up her role in September. She succeeds Robert Napier who will step down at this year’s AGM, after six years as chair.


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