Who's Moving: The Fundraising Regulator, Endometriosis UK, ActionAid and more

27 Apr 2020 News

Les Hutchinson, the new chief executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Chief executive 

Dai Powell has announced that he will retire after 29 years as chief executive of HCT Group. Lynn McClelland takes over as chief executive today.  

Powell has led the organisation since 1993, growing it from a small community transport organisation into a national social enterprise.  

Powell said: “It’s been an incredible journey. I still believe today what I believed nearly 30 years ago. That by combining entrepreneurship with a deep commitment to the most marginalised in our society, it is possible to make a better world.”

McClelland brings extensive senior leadership experience in the transportation sector, most recently as director of Worldwide Operations for IAG Cargo, leading a team of 3,000 transporting 1.4bn tonnes of airfreight a year across 184 locations. Prior to this, she spent a large part of her career at British Airways in a variety of roles – including strategic alliances, country management, and corporate sales and catering. 

Social care charity Milestones Trust has appointed Hilary Crowhurst as its new chief executive.

Crowhurst joins the trust after a decade at national learning disabilities charity Hft, where she held the position of executive director of operations and development. She replaces outgoing chief executive John Hoskinson, who retired last month after eight years in the role.

She said: “I feel hugely privileged to be at the helm of Milestones Trust, a social care charity with an established reputation and long history of providing high quality, safe, person-centred support for vulnerable adults.”

Les Hutchinson will be taking over as chief executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons’ charity, following the retirement of the current chief executive, David Innes. 

Hutchinson has been actively involved in Freemasons’ charities since he joined the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys as a management trainee in 1988, rising to become its chief executive. Following the creation of MCF in 2016, he has served as its chief operating officer.

Hutchinson said: “It’s an honour and privilege to become chief executive designate of the Masonic Charitable Foundation. David Innes will be a hard act to follow, but I will work tirelessly to ensure that the MCF continues to be a tremendous force for good and to make a difference to so many communities and individuals.”

Rachel Hill has been appointed chief executive of the Whiteley Homes Trust. It is a small charity running Whiteley Village in Walton on Thames, a retirement community that provides housing, health and wellbeing support for around 450 older people who are unable to rent or buy their own homes.  

She joined the Whiteley Homes Trust in 2018 as director of care and community and, since the end of October 2019, she has led the organisation as acting chief executive. 

She said: “The Whiteley Homes Trust provides an essential service to older people in Surrey and I feel very privileged to become its chief executive. This is certainly a challenging time to take on the leadership of a small charity in social care during a crisis with the magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

“However I am well supported by a fantastic team of inspirational people whose passion and dedication to our residents is truly heart-warming. My background in nursing, hospice care and other charities enables me to adapt and apply my skills to the dynamics of an organisation focused on caring for a unique community of vulnerable people.” 

Darren Cormack, who is currently deputy chief executive and strategy, government relations and partnerships director at the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), will become its chief executive on 15 May.

Cormack succeeds Dr Jane Cocking OBE, who has led MAG for three years and is stepping down to pursue a range of opportunities in the humanitarian sector.

Cormack said : “I’m genuinely humbled to have been given the responsibility of leading people who perform such amazing, life-saving work, often in the most challenging and complex circumstances. 

“MAG is recognised as a world leader in both mine action and in arms management and destruction, and it has a powerful and influential voice to effect policy change to help us achieve our goal of a landmine-free world.”

Chair and board

Endometriosis UK has appointed Liz Campbell as the new chair.

She takes over the role of chair from Angela Style, who held the role for six years. Campbell spent nine years as the chief executive of Wellbeing of Women and was chair of Air Ambulances UK.

She said: “Over the last few years, the charity has seen a huge shift in the way endometriosis is spoken about, and I look forward to continuing this work to ensure women with endometriosis are given the right support at the right time”.

Nick Hinton, a former officer of the British Brigade of Gurkhas, is to take over the chairmanship of Britain and Nepal NGOs Network from David Thomas on 1 May. 

Hinton has been honorary chief executive there since October 2019, and on the committee since November 2018.

He said: “There are over 800 active British charities working with the people and government of Nepal, and we aim to coordinate our activities and help each other and the people of Nepal as much as we possibly can. We have a very exciting strategy and I very much look forward to the immense privilege of leading it forward.”

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) has appointed three new trustees to its board: Deborah Doane, Patrick Steen and Kimberley Garande. 

Doane is a campaigner and writer, working across human rights, development, environment and economic justice issues. She currently works in a portfolio capacity on strategy and analysis with a range of clients in civil society and philanthropy; and is a partner of RightsCoLab, a think tank where she works on the future of civil society.  

Steen has more than a decade's experience building digital communities. At Which?, he built a digital innovation team that grew one of the largest supporter bases in the UK, and helped pioneer data-led engagement tools which influenced positive social change for UK consumers. 

Garande was born in Zimbabwe and migrated to the UK aged nine. She applied for student finance in 2015 and realised that her immigration status became the barrier to going to university because it meant she wasn't eligible for a student loan. Currently, she is an outreach officer at We Belong and is dedicated to changing how society relates to marginalised groups. 

ActionAid UK has announced four new trustees: Abdul Shiil, Doris Afreh, Eva Appelbaum and Paul George.

Shiil comes from the care sector and has a background working with women employees from underrepresented communities. He is set to bring a focus on inclusivity, regulation and safeguarding to the board.

Afreh is an HR director at an organisation caring for children and young people, who has previously worked both in the charity sector and in schools. Afreh is committed to improving organisational culture and behaviours and has been sponsoring a child in Ghana through ActionAid UK since 2010. 

Appelbaum has a broad range of experience in digital strategy, which spans both the commercial and charity sectors. Previous roles include being a digital director at the BBC and the first digital communications director at Amnesty International. 

Coming from PwC, Paul George has a background in finance and has a deep understanding of commercial contracting. George has worked with both businesses and INGOs, and has led business initiatives on countering corruption, promoting women’s empowerment, climate change and philanthropy.

The Fundraising Regulator has appointed three new members to its board; Guy Parker, Martin Price and Reshard Auladin for initial three-year terms.

As an external member of the Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee and the current chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, Parker has a strong regulatory background. He also served as a commissioner on Lord Low’s Commission on Charity Regulation in 2014. 

Price joins the regulator as a board member for Wales, having worked as a third sector consultant in the country for many years. He is a past chair of the Institute of Fundraising Cymru and held a senior fundraising position at Mencap in Wales, as well as sitting on several public boards and grantmaking bodies.

Auladin brings significant experience as trustee of the Bell Foundation and the Early Intervention Foundation, and as a non-executive director of the National Crime Agency. In his career, Reshard has also chaired the Muslim Community and Education Centre, supporting its fundraising activity to build a community centre.

Additionally, Margaret Moore, vice chair of the Fundraising Regulator Board and member of the finance, audit and risk committee, and Suzanne McCarthy, chair of the standards committee, have been reappointed to the board for additional three-year terms.


David Domoney has recently been confirmed as the Greenfingers Charity’s newest patron. 

Domoney has been a supporter of Greenfingers for many years and has been involved in Garden Re-Leaf Day, where he has raised awareness through social media, given gardening talks and hosted children’s workshops at garden centres to raise funds for the charity. 

He is an ITV television presenter, and co-presents Love Your Garden. He is also the resident garden presenter on ITV’s This Morning and presents on Saturday Morning with James Martin.

He said: “The positive impact these beautiful gardens have on families at the most vulnerable and emotional times of their lives is a credit to Greenfingers. The charity’s tireless work in fundraising and landscaping is mirrored by the generosity of the horticultural industry and I have always found this deeply moving.

“I have enjoyed supporting this marvellous charity over the years and I am very honoured to take this role of patron. I look forward to supporting the Greenfingers team in their future activities.”

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