Who’s Moving: The Poppy Factory, UCanDoIT and Plan International UK

14 Nov 2016 News

Samantha Barber, chief executive of UCanDoIT

Our weekly round-up of all the latest movers in the charity sector.

Chief executive

The Poppy Factory has announced the appointment of Deirdre Mills as chief executive. 

Mills, who takes up her post on 16 January 2017, started her career in the British Army, before moving into the voluntary sector. 

Most recently, Mills was a director at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 

UCanDoIT, a charity that provides IT training for disable people, has appointed Samantha Barber as chief executive.

Barber will replace current chief executive Mary Payne, who is retiring. 

Barber has worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years and was most recently director of external relations at Stoll – a charity providing housing support for veterans. She also worked with Shelter and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. 

Finance and strategy

Simon Bishop has been appointed director of policy and programmes at Plan International UK

Bishop was most recently the special adviser to Justine Greening at the Department for International Development. He was also strategy adviser to The Prince’s Charities. 

Bishop is also currently a trustee of two charities: Trade out of Poverty and Project Harar. 

Non executive

Winston’s Wish has announced the appointment of Clare Gallie and Mark Smith to its board of trustees. 

Gallie joins the charity’s board having worked as a charitable fundraiser for over a decade. Currently the director of income generation at Tenovus Cancer Care, she was also previously head of UK fundraising at CLIC Sargent. 

Smith is currently chief executive of Naomi House and Jacksplace, two hospices for children and young adults. He also previously worked for Bernardo’s, Anthony Nolan and Prospect Hospice. 


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