Who's Moving: Shooting Star, Age UK, Prisoners’ Education Trust and more

07 Oct 2019 News

Rachel Whittington, trust director of the Allchurches Trust

Chief executive 

Hft has appointed Steve White as its interim chief executive for the next six months.

He joins having previously held interim CEO positions at The Papworth Trust and Habinteg Housing Association. White is also chair of Moat, which is also a housing association.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining Hft. I look forward to working with the trustees, staff and the people we support over coming months, to drive forward positive change that will ensure the charity is able to continue supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.”

White takes over as interim CEO after the departure of Hft’s former CEO, Robert Longley-Cook in August. 

Donal Watkin has become chief executive of The Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO).
He takes over from Dominic Fox and begins his role 1 November 2019. Fox is retiring after nine years as CEO of ACO.

Watkin is a trustee of Mid-Kent MIND and Borden Grammar School.

Raleigh International has promoted Julian Olivier to new chief executive. He is currently deputy chief executive of the charity. He will replace Stacey Adams, who has been chief executive at Raleigh since 2007. He will take up his new role on 1 January 2020.


Rachel Whittington has been appointed as trust director of Allchurches Trust. She will lead the organisation from 1 November 2019.
Whittington joins from the Church Urban Fund (CUF), having been the director of partnerships since 2016.  

She said: “I feel very privileged to be joining Allchurches at a time when giving is at record levels thanks to the continued success of Ecclesiastical, and, most importantly, the charity has such a capable staff team in place to realise the full human potential of these substantial resources.”
Sir Philip Mawer, chairman of Allchurches Trust, said: “Like Allchurches Trust, CUF has a vision of helping people and communities to flourish, and I’m confident that Rachel joins us with that ambition in the front of her mind.”


Age UK has appointed Vicki Thornton as chief financial officer.

She is currently at Mencap, where she has been deputy chief financial officer since 2017, and has held senior finance roles at the Chartered Insurance Institute, Scope and ActionAid.
Thornton said: “I am delighted to be joining Age UK. While I have worked in a number of organisations across several industries, my heart has always been very much in empowering those who are overlooked by society. I look forward to a long and fruitful time working with everyone at Age UK.”
Paul Stevenson, chief financial officer at Mencap, added: “We are delighted for Vicki on her new role, but sad to see her go. She is very talented and we are grateful for everything she has done for Mencap. We wish her every happiness in her role at Age UK.”


Shooting Star Children’s Hospices has appointed Andrew Coppel as chair.

Coppel has been CEO of the De Vere Group, Queens Moat Houses and Jockey Club Racecourses.

Coppel said: “I’m honoured and privileged to have been chosen as the chairman of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The charity provides a lifeline to families facing the unimaginable and we must continue to develop our services to support the growing needs of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.”

Ken Hanna, chairman for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, will be leaving after nine years in the role. 

Youth Endowment Fund has appointed Sir Kevan Collins as chair. He has been CEO of Education Endowment Foundation since 2011.
Collins said: “I am delighted to take up the post of chairperson of the Youth Endowment Fund. Supporting young people to live fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to society has been at the core of all of my work.”

Tim Carroll will become the new chairman of Allchurches Trust on December 31, 2019, when Sir Philip Mawer will stand down after six and a half years in the role. Carroll has been a trustee on the Allchurches’ Board since 2016. 

Sir Philip said: “I shall leave Allchurches confident that in Tim Carroll it has a worthy new leader who will be supported by an excellent group of trustees as well as an energetic team of staff. I look forward to seeing the Trust continue to flourish as it further increases its support for organisations and communities in need in the years ahead.”


County Air Ambulance Trust has appointed Arthur Vestey as a trustee to its board.   

Vestey said: “I am delighted to have become a trustee of such a wonderful charity as the HELP Appeal. Each new helipad is able to save precious minutes for many thousands of patients. I look forward to working with the HELP Appeal as they continue with their vital mission throughout the country.”
Michael Henriques, chairman of the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal, added: “As our charity and the number of projects grow, Arthur’s extensive experience in the finance sector will be invaluable”.

Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) has appointed five new trustees.

Emily Giles is a charity campaigner, currently leading the policy and communications team at Adfam UK. She has previously worked as the Voluntary Sector Coordinator at HMP Wandsworth.

James Killen is a doctoral researcher in mental health and human rights issues and holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law. 

Vicki Morris is the deputy director of the Centre for Justice Innovation. Prior to this role, she managed the education provision at Wetherby Young Offender Institution. 

Dr Paul Phillips CBE is principal and chief executive of the Weston College Group situated in North Somerset. In July, he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to further and higher education.

Richard Ward OBE retired from the civil service in 2019 having spent the last 14 years working on prison education policy. 

Rod Clark, PET chief executive, said: “I am delighted that PET is being joined by a group of new trustees who bring such an excellent knowledge of the prison and education systems as well as a range of talents and expertise. They have a hard act to follow replacing such skilled and dedicated predecessors whom we will much miss.

“I have every confidence that they will be able to bring new energy and direction to PET’s work through a refreshed board membership, in line with the guidelines of best practice charity governance.”

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