Who’s Moving: Science Museum, Remember A Charity, Stewardship, and more

11 Dec 2023 News

In this fortnightly column, Civil Society looks at people moving roles in the UK charity sector. This week, there is a new CEO at Stewardship, chair of the board at Remember A Charity, and more...

Anaish Yilma-Parmar is chair of Remember A Charity and head of legacies at British Red Cross

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New CEO for Stewardship

Janie Oliver is to become Stewardship’s new CEO. She is being promoted from chief financial officer at the Christian charity, and will take over from departing chief Stewart McCulloch when he moves to Christians Against Poverty next year. 

Before joining Stewardship in 2021, she was an executive director at JustMoney Movement, director of finance at Access Foundation, and in various senior roles at Barclays. 

Oliver will become CEO from 1 January 2024. On her appointment, she said: “Stewardship has been through a period of significant transformation and growth under Stewart’s leadership. I look forward to ushering Stewardship into a new phase of growth and innovation to release more generosity to more church and charitable causes and help them steward their resources for maximum impact.”

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo appoints next CEO

Jason Barrett has been appointed as the new CEO of the charity, stepping up from his role as chief operating officer. He takes over from Buster Howes, who stood down in August. 

Barrett has served for US and UK militaries. He served for 20 years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps and held senior leadership positions when in the UK Royal Marines. 

Since then, he has held various roles in hospitality, including as CEO of a Mexican restaurant.

Bill Morris, chair of the Tattoo board, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jason as CEO. The role of CEO of the Tattoo is unique but with his mix of military and business experience, it’s the perfect fit for him.”

Employability charity hires CEO

The Scottish employability charity, Working Rite, has announced that Graham Robertson will assume the role of CEO on 1 February 2024. He will take over from acting CEO, Scott Christie. 

Robertson will join from Volunteering Matters, where he has been director of enterprise for over three years. Before that, he was director of the social enterprise Get the Gen that he established.  

Karina Good, chair of WorkingRite, said: “The appointment of our new CEO, Graham Robertson, could not have come at a more important time for the charity.  

“Supporting young people who really need our help to become confident, productive members of society is vital at a time when opportunities for them are increasingly limited and so we are delighted to have appointed a CEO who will bring energy, fresh thinking and a sector-leading track record to the role.”

New chair for Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) has appointed Patrick Dunne as chair of the charity. He succeeds Stephen Dunmore. 

Dunne is also chair of the consultancy Boardelta and Education Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a visiting professor at Cranfield University and patron of Leap Confronting Conflict. He was the founding chair of EY Foundation in 2014, an independent charity that helps thousands of young people a year. 

Five new trustees have joined the board alongside Dunne. 

  • Helen Buckingham is chair of National Voices and director of strategy at Nuffield Trust. 
  • Dele Adeleye is a senior leader at the Bank of England. 
  • Nicola Wadham was previously chief information officer at the Financial Ombudsman Service. 
  • Jeremy Hughes was previously chief executive and currently co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Champion Group on Dementia Friendly Communities. 
  • Sara Mubasshir is head of digital change at the London Business School. 

Blood Cancer UK announces chair

Insurance leader Matthew Wilson has been appointed as the next chair of trustees at Blood Cancer UK. He will start the role in 2024 and take over from John Ormerod, whose term has come to an end after five years. 

The charity plans to triple the amount of money invested into blood cancer research and raise awareness of the condition. 

Wilson was a leader at Brit Insurance for 23 years and became group CEO in 2018. He was also chairman of various financial groups. 

In 2021, Wilson was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. He stepped down from his role in 2022 following his treatment, and founded a fund for Blood Cancer UK. He raised over £3m for the charity by sharing his story. 

Vice-chair Tim Gillbanks said: “John Ormerod has been an energetic chair and leaves our charity in a strong position to continue its aim: to eliminate deaths from blood cancer. In a very strong field of candidates, Matthew stood out during a robust recruitment process. The board of trustees is delighted that Matthew will join the organisation, bringing his proven leadership as well as his personal experience of blood cancer to help deliver our ambitious plans.”  

Remember A Charity appoints chair

Remember A Charity has announced Anaish Yilma-Parmar as its new chair. Yilma-Parmar is British Red Cross’s head of legacies and will take over responsibility for leading the coalition of charities from January 2024, taking over from Allan Freeman. 

Freeman will remain on the charity’s executive group after a four-year term as chair. 

Yilma-Parmar joined British Red Cross in January. Before that, he held various senior roles at British Heart Foundation surrounding legacies, the most recent being legacy engagement manager. 

Yilma-Parmar said: “It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to chair the campaign following Allan. Allan brings so much knowledge and insight, and he’s made a huge impact at Remember A Charity. His legacy is that Remember A Charity is in a real position of strength.  

“I’m delighted to become the chair and to continue to amplify the voice and messages around gifts in Wills. We’re in an exciting place, drawing ever closer to ensuring legacy giving becomes a social norm.”  

Science Museum Group recruits new chair

Tim Laurence has been appointed as the next chair of the Science Museum Group by the prime minister. He will begin his four-year term on 1 January 2024. 

He was previously commissioner and then chair of English Heritage from 2015 to 2022. Laurence is a retired Royal Navy officer and the second husband of Princess Anne. He was an equerry to Queen Elizabeth II from 1986 to 1989. 

On his appointment, Laurence said: “Over the last decade I have admired from afar the remarkable pace and quality of change across the Science Museum Group and in recent months have been fascinated to learn more about the transformations still to come. 

“It will be a great honour to lead the trustees of an organisation that does so much to inspire millions of visitors with the wonders of science.”

Age UK recruits to two new senior roles

Age UK has recruited two members of staff to newly created chief officer roles. 

Louisa Fyans will be joining the charity as its chief communications and brand officer in January, while Victoria MacGregor will be joining as chief network officer in February. 

The new roles have been created as part of the development of a new strategy for the charity which is due to be launched next year. 

Fyans has communications experience from organisations like the NSPCC, British Heart Foundation and RNIB. 

Meanwhile, MacGregor has held roles in policy and influencing, with experience at Citizens Advice and Network Strategy Standards. 

Paul Farmer, Age UK chief executive, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Louisa and Victoria at this key time.”

Rethink Mental Illness hires executive director

Mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness has announced Tanya Srikandan has joined the charity as executive director of corporate resources. 

Srikandan joins from Stonewall, where she was finance and commercial director for two and a half years. Before that, she was a board member of Women in Social Housing and Amber Housing. She has held various senior roles at several organisations. 

Speaking on her appointment, she said: “I’m so delighted to be joining Rethink Mental Illness. It’s a charity I’ve admired for many years, having spent a substantial part of my career in supported housing. 

“Working to improve the provision of care and support for vulnerable people has shown me the difference it can make to their lives when they have access to the right support. I’ve had a brilliant introduction to the charity and can’t wait to get started.”

Alzheimer’s Society welcomes trustees

Alzheimer’s Society has appointed three new trustees to its board. 

  • Anthony Lobo is a board member at KPMG in the UK, where he chairs the audit committee and is a member of the risk committee and audit board. He has direct experience of dementia, as his late mother developed it.  
  • Phil Andrew is group CEO at housing group Orbit. He has over 30 years’ experience in leadership positions. He was previously CEO of StepChange Debt Charity and Working Links. 
  • Malte Gerhold is director of innovation and improvement at the Health Foundation. He is also the director of THIS Labs. Previously, he was chief integrated care officer at Birdie. He once worked at the prime minister’s Delivery Unit for the Department of Health and Accenture. 
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