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12 Oct 2020 News

Kooks singer Luke Pritchard, new BHF ambassador.

Co-operatives UK announces Rose Marley as new chief executive

Rose Marley will be joining Co-operatives UK as chief executive in January 2021.  

Marley has a background in creative industries, technology, the gig economy and entrepreneurship.

She said: “I couldn't be more excited about joining Co-operatives UK. There has never been a more important moment to harness the enthusiasm of a new generation for a fairer way of doing business.” 

British Heart Foundation (BHF) appoints new ambassadors 

Luke Pritchard, Gemma Atkinson and Yinka Bokinni have been appointed as new ambassadors of BHF.  

They will start their ambassadorship by attending this year’s virtual BHF Heart Hero Awards ceremony on Tuesday 20 October. Pritchard will also be performing during the event, alongside chart topper singer Ella Henderson.

Gareth Thomas announced as the newest patron of Terrence Higgins Trust 

Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has been announced as the newest patron of leading HIV and sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust.

The new role is in recognition of Thomas’s huge impact on perceptions of HIV since speaking publicly in September 2019 about his own diagnosis. By sharing his story, Thomas has helped educate the general public about the progress made in treating HIV. 

Thomas joins the likes of Stephen Fry, Beverley Knight, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Elton John on the charity’s patron list.

Tom Brake appointed as director of Unlock Democracy

Unlock Democracy has appointed Tom Brake as director. He was until recently the MP for Carshalton and Wallington.

Brake brings a wealth of campaigning experience to the role from his years in parliament. In Westminster he was active in pushing for democratic reform, including extending Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to private companies like Serco and Capita when they undertake work for the public sector, defending UK elections from foreign interference, and for votes at 16.

Robert Rinder joins Shelter as charity’s first legal services ambassador 

Robert Rinder, the criminal barrister, columnist, presenter and star of ITV’s Judge Rinder, is joining Shelter as the charity’s first legal services ambassador. 

In his role he will raise awareness of Shelter’s legal services and their work to support people with expert advice and legal representation. 

Rinder will also support the charity’s campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing for good.

Air Ambulances UK welcomes new board members

Air Ambulances UK has appointed two new board appointments after a competitive recruitment process.

Claire Walters and Matthew Williams joined on 1 October 2020.

Walters is chief commercial officer for Unipart Logistics. Williams is a junior doctor based in South Wales with a keen interest in pre-hospital emergency medicine. 

VisionFund International appoints Dennis Weibling to its board 

VisionFund International has appointed Dennis Weibling to its board of directors effective 1 October 2020.

Weibling is currently the managing director of Rally Capital LLC, a private equity firm founded in 2004 in Kirkland, Washington, and brings with him a wealth of experience in the spheres of investment and telecommunications.

Weibling and his wife are currently members of World Vision US’s National Leadership Council, serving on the Economic Empowerment Initiative. 

Andrew Webb incoming independent chair of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA)

Andrew Webb will be the new independent chair of the CVAA.  

He took up the post at CVAA’s Annual General Meeting on 17 September. He takes over from Ray Shostak, who served as chair of trustees of CVAA from 2014 to 2020.

He spent his working life in local authorities and was director of children’s and adults' services in Stockport before retiring in 2018.  

Simon Minty and Melanie Richards to join the National Theatre board

Simon Minty and Melanie Richards are to join the NT Board. Alan Rusbridger will be stepping down from the board in November.

Minty has delivered consultancy, training and public speaking in the field of diversity, specialising in disability, since early 2000s. Simon has worked to improve the portrayal of disabled people in media with clients including the BBC, Channel 4, Endemol Shine, All Three Media, Warner and Sky. 

Richards was recently deputy chair of KPMG UK. She advises business leaders and boards, and is a strategic, collaborative and compassionate leader. She has extensive boardroom experience and has worked in both banking and professional services for nearly four decades.

Homeless Link appoints Peter Smith as director of sector development

Peter Smith has been appointed to the role of director of sector development at Homeless Link, the membership organisation for frontline homelessness services, and started 5 October 2020. 

He was previously head of partnerships and left for two years’ secondment as a rough sleeping advisor at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Prior to joining Homeless Link in 2014, he managed Sunderland City Council’s Housing Advice and Homelessness Service.

The NSPCC has appointed Sheanna Patelmaster and Ife Grillo as trustees 

The NSPCC has appointed its first ever young trustees.

Sheanna Patelmaster, 24, who grew up in Manchester, and Ife Grillo, 22, from London, have joined the organisation’s board, after being elected at the charity’s first virtual Annual Council Meeting which took place via Zoom on 1 October.  

The charity received 166 applications from young people across the UK. The new role runs for a three-year term.

Within their role as trustees they will represent and reflect the voice of young people to ensure the NSPCC’s work is relevant and powerful.

Bowel Research UK has appointed Lesley Booth as its new director of research 

Bowel Research UK has appointed Lesley Booth as its new director of research.  

Booth will play a key role in developing and delivering the charity’s research strategy.

Bowel Research UK was launched on 29th September 2020, following the merger of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation and Bowel & Cancer Research.

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