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Who’s Moving: Royal College of Psychiatrists, Raft, NCVO and more

16 Oct 2017 News

Liz George, new development director at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Our weekly summary of the latest movers in the charity sector.

Fundraising and communications

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has appointed Liz George as its new development director.

George joins the charity from The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory, where she had worked since 2011 as its head of fundraising. In her time with the Poppy Factory, George built the organisation’s fundraising programme up from scratch, generating over £5m to support veterans.

Prior to that, George held fundraising roles with Help the Hospices (now Hospice UK) and with the British Red Cross.

Mairéad Ní Cheóinín has been appointed corporate fundraising manager for Seafarers UK. Her role will be to raise awareness of the charity’s wider impact within the UK maritime charity sector.

Ní Cheóinín previously worked with Steamship Mutual, TradeWinds, Informa PLC in London and with the Irish Maraitime Development Office in Dublin.

Finance and strategy

Medical research charity Raft has appointed Dr Elena Garcia as its new director of research.

Garcia has worked for the charity since 2011 and has held roles as a scientific consultant and science team leader within the charity. Prior to joining Raft, she was a research assistant and part time PhD student at University College London’s Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science.

Non executive

Poverty charity Turn2Us has announced Sally O’Sullivan as the new chair of its board of trustees, replacing Bill Colvin.

O’Sullivan has been deputy chair of the organisation since 2013, and has helped oversee Turn2Us’s restructure, rebrand and expansion of its service delivery.

Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham OBE has been nominated to be the next president of NCVO, an announcement which is expected to be confirmed by the umbrella body’s members at its next AGM.

Pitkeathley has worked in the voluntary sector for over 40 years, and most recently chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities.

She became a Labour peer in 1997 and is a deputy speaker in the upper chamber and a deputy chair of committee. She was chief executive of Carers UK, and has been a chair and trustee of many charities. 


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