Who’s Moving: The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and more

16 Sep 2019 News

Ruth Marvel, chief executive of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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Ruth Marvel will become CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in November. She was previously acting CEO at Girlguiding during 2018. Before that, she was director of strategy and innovation at the disability charity Scope.

Lord Kirkham, chair of trustees for the DofE, said: “Ruth is a great fit for the DofE – she’s passionate about developing all the possibilities for young people, brings a breadth of senior experience from within the youth sector and has the energy, enthusiasm and vision to build on our charity’s strong foundations, helping us maximise future opportunities.” 

Marvel said: “I am delighted to be joining The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as CEO. The DofE has a proud history of giving young people incredible opportunities to develop their skills, showcase their talents, test their resilience and give back to their communities.” 

She replaces Peter Westgarth, who retired in June following 14 years at the charity.

The Hymans Robertson Foundation has appointed Marcella Boyle as its first UK CEO.

Clive Fortes, the foundation's chair said:  "We are delighted to have Marcella join the foundation at this, a crucial time in its growth. Marcella will help drive our strategy and deliver our charitable aims to help more disadvantaged young people secure better financial futures.”
Boyle said: “I am thrilled to be joining at this exciting time and am looking forward to leading the foundation through the next phase of its development.”

Union Chapel Project (UCP) has announced the appointment of Michael Chandler as the new chief executive, starting on 18 September.
Chandler co-founded WAYout (Worldwide Arts for Youth) an international arts charity working to improve lives for street and ex-conflict youth in West Africa. 
Chandler said: ‘I am thrilled to be joining Union Chapel at this important time for the organisation, and for society more generally. It’s a time when many in the culture sector are asking ‘what more can we do’."

Plas y Brenin and the Board of the Mountain Training Trust (MTT) have appointed Ruth Hall as its chief executive. Hall succeeds Jackie Bryson, who steps down from the role after four years. 

Hall said: “MTT is a fantastic organisation, with a pool of hugely talented, passionate and dedicated staff. I am really excited, and proud, to have the opportunity to work with the team and lead them in the next stage of their incredible journey.”
Sara Mogel, chair, said: “After a thorough search process we are delighted that Ruth has joined as our new chief executive. Ruth’s wealth of senior experience across operations, sales, marketing and campaigning, coupled with a passion for the benefits of the outdoors, proved to our Board that she is the perfect person to drive our next phase of growth and development.”


National asbestos-related cancer charity, Mesothelioma UK, has appointed Guy Tewley as its new corporate fundraising officer. 

Tewley joins Mesothelioma UK after working in the charity sector for over six years. He worked in Dublin for the RNLI and more recently for social isolation charity, ALONE.

He said: “I’m excited to be part of a team which is so passionate about supporting people with this type of cancer. Funding to continue the charity’s work is vital so I’m looking forward to making a difference by helping to bring in more income for the organisation.”

The Cure Parkinson's Trust (CPT) has hired Rick Lay as director of fundraising and marketing. Lay was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017. 

CPT's CEO, Will Cook, said: "We are delighted that Rick has joined CPT as our first ever director of fundraising & marketing. Like the rest of our team, Rick is clearly dedicated to funding and finding the cure; over the coming months and years, our global research programme will benefit from his involvement.”


Project Heather has appointed Andy Clarkson as head of market operations to oversee all operational aspects of trading, clearing and settlement activities. 

Andy brings 30 years’ experience in asset management, leading teams covering transaction management, asset servicing, provider oversight and market operations at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Aberdeen Asset Management and finally Aberdeen Standard Investments, where he was also Head of Market Operations.

Helen Webster, Project Heather’s chief operating officer, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Andy to the team at Project Heather. He brings valuable experience of the operating environment that will be crucial as we enter the critical testing stages of our trading platform. We look forward to announcing further appointments as the Project Heather team continues to grow.”


Impact Arts has confirmed Jim Sweeney MBE will take over from Theresa Shearer as its chair.

Sweeney is the former head of youth work agency, Youth Link Scotland, as well as current vice chair of Young Scot, chair of Motherwell Football Club’s Community Trust and vice chair of Scotland’s Learning Partnership.
Shearer said: “During my time as chair, I have been amazed by the people I have met and inspired by the hard work of all the team and supporters. I have been privileged to work with a dedicated Board helping the organisation grow and expand its reach across Scotland.”

Jim Sweeney MBE said: “I am delighted to be taking up the position of chair of the board at Impact Arts at what is a very exciting time for the organisation. Having worked with young people in other roles, I know the benefits that participating in the arts can bring to individuals and communities."


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