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Who’s Moving: The National Centre for Social Research, WaterAid, Gingerbread, and more

14 Dec 2020 News

Stuart Etherington appointed as NatCen’s chair

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has appointed Sir Stuart Etherington as its chair.

The former chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), will take up his role in February 2021 when Sir Robert Burgess retires at the end of his maximum tenure as NatCen’s chair.

Etherington was chief executive of the NCVO for 25 years and was knighted in 2010 for services to the voluntary sector. He is currently chair of The Oversight Trust and was formerly chief executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.

Gingerbread appoints chair and vice chair

Gingerbread, the leading national charity working with single parent families, has appointed Simon Bentley as chair. He replaces Gingerbread’s interim chair, Fran Parry.

Bentley has worked at board level with many UK listed public companies, he has also held a wide variety of executive and non-executive roles during the course of his career.

He is currently executive chair of Dominion ATM Banking Systems Ltd, trading as Cash on the Move, a UK mobile cash operator and a non-executive director of Premier Foods plc. 

Bentley will be supported by the newly appointed vice chair, Jasmin Choudhury. She has been a Gingerbread board member since July 2019. Currently, she works as a freelance education consultant and is a former deputy headteacher and also advises on various public sector panels.

Andrew McCracken appointed global director of WaterAid International 

Andrew McCracken has been appointed global director of WaterAid International.

He is currently chief executive of Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the largest independent grantmaker in Northern Ireland, where he has been for six years. 

Prior to that, he worked at the development organisation Tearfund for 13 years, including three years as their global fundraising director.  

McCracken is also on the board of Oxfam Ireland and is chair of CO3, the membership organisation for voluntary sector leaders in Northern Ireland. He will join WaterAid International in February 2021.  

New chief executive at children’s charity Just for Kids Law

Louisa McGeehan has been appointed to the post of chief executive at Just for Kids Law.

She will begin her new role from 1 February 2021 and will be replacing Enver Solomon, who begins his new role as chief executive of the Refugee Council next month.

McGeehan has a wealth of experience across a range of public services and in the not-for-profit sector in the fields of children’s services, the NHS, family law, and the justice system. Currently, she is a director of policy, rights, and advocacy at the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), where she has worked since April 2018. 

Lincolnshire Action Trust welcomes three new trustees

Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT) has appointed three new trustees.

Nicoya Palastanga, David Libiszewski and Daniel Callaghan have each been appointed to take the lead on different services that the charity provides.

Lincolnshire Action Trust offers a variety of support services to help people in the criminal justice system and their families.

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