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Who’s Moving: The Church of England, RSPCA, RNID and more

30 Nov 2020 News

Jason Arthur, director of strategy and innovation at Youth Futures Foundation

National Animal Welfare Trust appoints director of operations

National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) has appointed Andrew Gillon as director of operations.

Gillon said: “The way rehoming works has completely changed since the pandemic started. Many of the public-facing elements of rehoming work are now taking place online. Charities are having to look at what that means for the future, and I think that this could be an exciting time for NAWT.”

He joins NAWT from the Greyhound Trust, where he was head of operations and welfare.

The Church of England announces new head of social impact investment

The Church of England has appointed Vanessa Morphet to the new position of head of social impact investment.

Morphet will aim to establish the Church of England as a successful social impact investor, helping to shape the church’s strategy and build relationships with key players. 

Her appointment comes at a time when the church is making £16m available for a social investment portfolio, which will seek investments targeting deep positive impact primarily in the themes of financial inclusion, affordable and safe housing, and the environment. 

RSPCA appoints new chief operating officer

John Kerslake is “proud and delighted” as he is announced as the new chief operating officer at the RSPCA.

Kerslake joined the RSPCA in January as director of field operations and his new appointment also means that he is now deputy to chief executive Chris Sherwood and responsible for the Inspectorate.

Previously he worked for the National Citizen Service (NCS), where he was chief operations officer and prior to that he worked in the private sector for companies including Cadbury and Whitbread. 

Charity Retail Association appoints new chair

Emma Peake, the deputy chief executive of the Air Ambulance Service, has been appointed to chair the Charity Retail Association’s (CRA) board.

She has taken over from Anne Webb, who has come to the end of her term as chair.

Peake has been a long-standing member of CRA’s board, and said: “There is no doubt this year has been the most challenging ever faced by the sector but I’m confident that we can continue to show strong leadership and direction as we look to a post pandemic future for charity retailers.”

VODG welcomes new chair

Steve Scown will step down after eight years as trustee and five as chair of VODG - the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.

Tim Cooper will take up the role with immediate effect.

VODG is the national infrastructure body representing organisations within the voluntary sector who work alongside disabled people. 

Cooper has been the chief executive of United Response since 2015 and a VODG trustee for three years. 

RNID appoints its first diversity, inclusion and belonging manager

Victoria Oyegunle will become RNID diversity, inclusion and belonging manager in November

This is a new role for the charity as part of a commitment to their diversity strategy, announced earlier in the year.

Oyegunle comes to RNID from enei (Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion), where she developed and maintained its profile as the UK's leading employer network.

She says: “I am thrilled to be joining RNID and to bring my experience and knowledge to this role. I really want to drive momentum and help to make positive changes in the workplace so this charity can become the truly diverse and inclusive charity it aspires to be. I am excited to be on this journey with them!”

Job share duo appointed Friends of the Earth chief executives

Friends of the Earth has announced its new co-chief executives as Miriam Turner and Hugh Knowles. 

Both joined Friends of the Earth in 2017 as directors of innovation and have taken on the role of interim chief executive since Craig Bennett stepped down in February. They also both hold degrees in ecology and have spent a combined total of over 40 years working on environmental issues.

They will take up the new role on 11 January 2021 in Friends of the Earth’s 50th year.

Youth Futures Foundation announces new director of strategy and innovation 

Youth Futures Foundation has appointed Jason Arthur as its new director of strategy and innovation. 

Arthur will be responsible for Youth Futures’ strategy, partnership development, policy influencing and communications. Previously he was deputy chief executive of Step Up To Serve, the charity established to coordinate the #iwill campaign which encourages young people to participate in social action. 

He said: “I am very excited to be joining Youth Futures. These are exceptionally challenging times for young people making the transition into the world of work, especially those facing discrimination or disadvantage. Our challenge is to build a coalition of support for systemic change and remove the barriers that prevent so many young people from getting good jobs, establishing careers and fulfilling their potential.” 

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