Who's Moving: The Royal Zoological Society, Vision Foundation, FRAME and more

16 Mar 2020 News

Chris Burghes, incoming chief executive of the Blue Cross

Chief executive 

FRAME, the medical research charity committed to reducing the number of animals used in scientific testing, has appointed its first chief executive.

Celean Camp has joined FRAME from the Association of Child Protection Professionals, where she was director and responsible for delivering the organisation’s strategic plan and its services across the UK. Her previous roles have included operations manager at Accessible Arts & Media and charity manager at the Institute for Effective Education.

She said: “FRAME has an excellent and longstanding reputation for pioneering cutting-edge alternatives to laboratory animal testing and I hope to build on this by developing FRAME’s education and outreach work to ensure that future generations of scientists understand the available alternatives to animal testing."

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has appointed David Field as the wildlife conservation charity’s new chief executive.

Currently chief executive of the Zoological Society of East Anglia, he returns to RZSS having been a section moderator at Edinburgh Zoo early in his career. He will take up the post in early summer.

He said: “Through Edinburgh Zoo, Highland Wildlife Park and conservation activities in Scotland and around the world, RZSS has an incredible and influential position in Scottish society, the global zoological and conservation world and the lives of so many of our supporters and visitors.

“I am immensely proud to be joining RZSS as chief executive and look forward to building on these strong foundations.”

Animal charity The Blue Cross has also appointed a new chief executive. Chris Burghes will join the charity in June.  He was previously the chief executive of the Royal Free Charity which is the charitable arm of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.  

Development and impact 

The Vision Foundation has appointed Lin Richardson as its new director of grants and impact, with responsibility for overseeing all grantmaking and wider impact work.

Richardson will be taking on a new role at the charity, leading the grants and impact team which oversees all of the charity’s grant-making programmes.

Richardson said: “I feel privileged and humbled to take on a role with such a clear and important purpose. I look forward to working with the entire Vision Foundation team to oversee an exemplary grants programme and make a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted children and adults across London. I am excited to be joining such a dynamic and forward-looking charity.”

Suffolk Family Carers has appointed Laura Squirrell as its new head of organisational development.

Squirrell was previously fundraising and volunteer manager at Lighthouse Women’s Aid.

She said: “I am so pleased to have taken on this newly created role, for a charity which is extremely forward thinking, invests in its people, and has a really caring culture running through it.

“The position enables me to build on my charitable experience, and brings into play so much of my HR and corporate background too.

Chair and board 

Revitalise has appointed George Blunden as chair. He is the former chair of Charity Bank, with a strong background in both social enterprise and finance.

Revitalise is a national charity providing short breaks and holidays (respite care) for disabled people and carers. The outgoing chair is Mindy Sawhney, who has been at the charity for 17 years.

Blunden began working life as an adventure playground worker before establishing his career in the banking, investments and insurance sectors. He has held a number of senior executive and non-executive positions including with Warburg Securities, Union PLC and insurers Beazley PLC.

He said: “I am heartened by the work that Revitalise does day in day out, and feel privileged to have the chance to join the team and help the charity to do more of it. It’s a task that’s full of possibilities and potential; we have made bold changes in our holiday centres, we’re continually striving to improve the holiday experience for our guests, and we’re looking ahead to our vision of Revitalise in the future.”

The Printing Charity has appointed Louisa Bull, trade union officer at Unite the Union, Julia Palmer-Poucher, group production director at Harmsworth Quays Printing, and David Phillips, site director, Dagenham and Manchester at Paragon Customer Communications, as trustees.

Jon Wright, The Printing Charity’s chairman, said: “Our new council members bring a unique perspective across multiple areas of our sector, including newspaper and magazine production, logistics and large-scale commercial print. Their knowledge and experience will be great assets for the charity.

“The new appointments increase the number of our trustees to 10 and we look forward to working with them to help the charity continue to grow.”


The Duke of Cambridge has become patron of London’s Air Ambulance Charity

Last year, the Duke was patron of the charity’s 30th anniversary campaign, during which he flew with the crew and met staff and patients from the service.

Jonathan Jenkins, chief executive of London’s Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are honoured that The Duke of Cambridge has chosen to become Patron of London’s Air Ambulance Charity after getting to know us last year. The Duke truly understands our work and knows that every second counts in an emergency.

“We know that with his help, as well as the continued support of the public, our crews can reach those who need them most - serving the people of London 24 hours a day, every day of the year.”


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