Who’s Moving: Stonewall, Mencap, Katharine House Hospice, and more

24 May 2021 News

Shaf Mansour, trustee at Lymphoma Action.

Katharine House Hospice welcomes new chief executive

Trevor Johnson joined Katharine House Hospice as chief executive, earlier this month. He was most recently director of people and income generation at Havens Hospice, and is currently chair of the Hospice UK Retail Group. 

He was inspired to work in the hospice sector having experienced first-hand the amazing care that was provided when his mother and brother both died, six weeks apart. He said: “We simply wouldn't have got through things as a family without support from the local hospice. I didn't know much about hospice care before that, but I certainly had a new appreciation for it afterwards.”

New chief executive at Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad 

The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) has appointed Linda Edwards as its new chief executive. She will take up her new role in August 2021. 

Edwards has worked across the animal welfare, international development, humanitarian and commercial sectors. She is currently serving as interim chief executive of the international development charity United Purpose.

Her previous roles include chief executive of Build Africa and executive director of operations at The Donkey Sanctuary.  

Edwards said: “It’s a privilege to have been appointed as SPANA’s new chief executive. Since 1923, the charity has provided essential and often life-saving support to working animals and the communities that depend on them.  

“As the charity approaches its centenary in 2023, I am looking forward to working with an incredible group of colleagues, ensuring that SPANA can continue to grow and develop its vital work to advance the welfare of working animals in many of the world’s most poverty-stricken communities.” 

Stephen Burke appointed as chief executive of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation 

The trustees of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation have appointed Stephen Burke as the charity’s first chief executive.  

Since the charity was established in 2020, the foundation has already backed several projects promoting the care workforce such as The Care Workers Charity Emergency Coronavirus Fund and the Together with Music project.

Burke has more than 30 years of experience leading and managing national care charities, as well as leadership positions in local government and the NHS.

Over the last ten years, he has raised the profile of intergenerational action in care, housing, health and learning through the social enterprise United for All Ages that he co-founded. He also co-founded the Campaign to End Loneliness and the Good Care Guide and led mergers to create Grandparents Plus and the Family Mediation Trust. 

The Prince of Wales named president of Malaria No More UK 

Malaria No More UK has appointed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as president. He will take up his role immediately. 

James Whiting, chief executive of Malaria No More UK, said: “We are empowered by the support of His Royal Highness and look forward to working with him to ensure our global community meets the vital internationally agreed targets towards ending malaria and saving millions of children’s lives in the decades ahead.”

Michele Oliver has been appointed vice-chair of Stonewall

Michele Oliver will take up the vice-chair of Stonewall role from Simon Blake, who has completed two full terms on the board.

Oliver has been a Stonewall trustee since February 2019. She is global corporate brand and purpose director for Mars, Incorporated and is also a commissioner at the Civil Society Commission and deputy vice-chair Unstereotype Alliance (UN Women).

She said: “What an incredible honour it is to be appointed vice-chair of Stonewall. Stonewall is a very special organisation, with exceptional people. The struggle for equality is different for every member of our LGBTQ+ community. Our diversity is our strength. Our power is in coming together to create a world where everyone is free to be themselves. I look forward to supporting Stonewall’s leadership in delivering on our new strategy and leveraging our refreshed brand.”

ENABLE Scotland appoints new chair and trustees 

ENABLE Scotland has announced the appointment of its new chair and two new trustees.  

Paul Jukes, who is an executive adviser to Amey, will succeed outgoing chair Bob Cowie, while Shareen Gault, head of risk and compliance at Johnston Carmichael and Professor David Hillier, associate principal and executive dean of the University of Strathclyde Business School, join as trustees. 

Theresa Shearer, group chief executive ENABLE Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul, Shareen and David to ENABLE Scotland. We are immensely proud of everything we have achieved in recent years, and with their support, I look forward to continuing our growth of impact. 

“I would like to thank Bob for his many years of service to ENABLE Scotland as a trustee, and most recently as chair. His dedication and support to the charity continues to be invaluable through his role on the ENABLE group board.”

Lymphoma Action appoints new trustee

Lymphoma Action has welcomed Shaf Mansour to its board.

Mansour has over 10 years of experience working in the charity sector. He was head of digital content and communities at Barnardo’s and previous to that worked at Action for Blind People and Unicef.

He said: “I'm honoured to be joining Lymphoma Action at this incredibly exciting time as the charity grows from strength to strength. I look forward to drawing on my experience of technology and product development to ensure Lymphoma Action can reach more people who need help and support.”

Place2Be appoints Wande Showunmi as director of people and culture

Place2Be has appointed Wande Showunmi as its new director of people and culture.

Showunmi will head up Place2Be’s people function and lead on its diversity and inclusion strategy.

Showunmi said: “I feel privileged to be joining a charity which has such a direct positive impact on the mental wellbeing of future generations. I look forward to working with the team, and hope to build on my predecessor’s work by continuing to ensure that Place2Be is a best practice organisation for both employees and counsellors on placement.”

She joins Place2Be from Livability where she was executive director for people and transformation. 

New chair for Ethical Property Foundation

Communications professional Kim Worts has been appointed as chair of property advice charity the Ethical Property Foundation. 

“I am delighted to become chair of this extraordinary charity at such a key time in its evolution. It is the go-to property advice charity  for the UK  voluntary sector,” she said.

Worts joined the board in 2017 and replaces Peter Damesick who stepped down at the end of his term of office and remains on the board.

She was formerly director of communications for DEFRA and, until her retirement in 2016, was director of external affairs at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Mencap announces Khaleel Desai as executive director of governance

Mencap has appointed Kaleel Desai as its new executive director of governance, who will take up the role on 24 May 2021.

Desai joins Mencap from Islamic Relief Worldwide, where he is currently the head of governance and company secretary.

Desai has previously worked as a lawyer and legal and governance adviser in charities including Save the Children International and Plan International. Since 2019, he has also been a trustee for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) International.

He said: “Mencap’s achievements in positively impacting the lives of people with a learning disability is truly remarkable and I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the team and contribute at such a critical time. I look forward to playing my part in the delivery of the new strategy and achieving Mencap’s vision for the UK to be the best place in the world for people with a learning disability to live happy and healthy lives.” 

Demelza Hospice Care for Children appoints new director of fundraising and marketing

Hayley Richardson has been appointed as the new director of fundraising and marketing at Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Richardson started her career in fundraising over 12 years ago as a community fundraiser at Demelza and returned in 2018, via roles at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, to take up the post of head of community and events, moving to the position of deputy director of fundraising two years ago.

Her initial focus will be on preparing the charity’s three year strategy, concentrating on the recovery of income post pandemic.

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