Who’s Moving: Vision Foundation, Hft, Protect and more

30 Mar 2020 News

Alex Reid

Chief Executive

Farm Africa has appointed Dan Collison as its new chief executive. 

He has 25 years of experience gained in a range of humanitarian, emergency and development roles within organisations such as Save the Children and Christian Aid. He is currently the director of programmes and advocacy with War Child. 

Collison will join Farm Africa in mid-May. Mike Saxton, Farm Africa’s interim chief executive, will leave on 31 March.

Collison said: “It’s a great honour to take up this role. I'm really looking forward to joining Farm Africa's diverse and experienced team and working alongside the board of trustees to help the organisation innovate and grow. We have some new challenges ahead of us, and Farm Africa has such vital work to carry out. I am excited by the opportunities to come and committed to forging a better future for farmers and their communities in eastern Africa.”

The Vision Foundation has appointed Judith Brodie as its interim chief executive for the next 10 months as maternity cover.

She was previously chief executive at Arthritis Care and the venture philanthropy charity Impetus Trust, as well as holding interim chief executive roles for Beating Bowel Cancer, Bond and 38 Degrees. 

"I am absolutely delighted to be asked to lead the Vision Foundation through this important period of growth and development. I look forward to working with the trustees, staff and the wider visually impaired community over the coming months as we continue moving the charity forward.

"It’s an exciting time to be joining such a dynamic organisation that is committed to positive change in London and transforming the lives of people facing and living with sight loss in London," Brodie said.

Protect, the whistleblowing charity, has announced the appointment of Liz Gardiner as its new chief executive.

She joined Protect as legal officer in July 2018, has been acting chief executive at the charity since December last year when Francesca West stood down.

She said: “I am delighted and honoured to be working for such a great charity with such talented and committed staff. I am looking forward to acting as an ambassador for Protect and building on our work, to change whistleblowing culture for good across workplaces. I am passionate about Protect’s work and the impact we can have in encouraging speaking up to stop harm."

The Royal Society for Public Health has appointed Christina Marriott as its new chief executive. 

She will be joining the organisation following the retirement of Shirley Cramer in May 2020.

Marriott said: “RSPH holds a unique position of influence, both nationally and internationally, and at such a significant time for public health, it is an honour to be appointed.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my passion around health inequalities to leading the Society’s next chapter. I look forward to working with the trustees, staff team and membership to ensure that the Society achieves the greatest impact.”

She will be joining RSPH following her role as chief executive of Revolving Doors Agency. 

Alex Reid, the new chief executive of Comic Relief, has resigned as she is in the United States because of Covid-19 for the foreseeable future and believes the charity should be run from the UK.  Ruth Davison, who had filled in on an interim basis before Reid joined, has again taken up the role of acting chief executive. 


Paintings in Hospitals has appointed Sandra Bruce-Gordon as director of the charity from the end of April 2020.

Bruce-Gordon began her career in theatre management before heading up cultural services for several local authorities. She became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2018 as recognition of her work on preserving cultural venues.

Ben Pearce is the outgoing director of Paintings in Hospitals and has been at the charity since 2014.

Bruce-Gordon said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead Paintings in Hospitals on the next stage of their exciting journey. In these times of uncertainty and crises, the arts must lead the way forward in innovative thinking and problem solving, ensuring that society continues to look after one another, while extending its field of influence to provide solutions to growing social problems, particularly in the field of health and social care.

“I look forward to working with the talented team and board of Paintings in Hospitals to ensure the charity is at the vanguard of change for arts and health in this new decade.”

Chair and trustee

Hft has appointed Amanda Bunce as the new chair of the board of trustees.

Bunce has been an Hft trustee for the past two years. 

She said: “It is a challenging time for the social care sector and I’m keen to play a part in creating a world where social care is higher on the political agenda and reform is being led by the people at the heart of those services.

“There are a growing number of young people with more complex needs. I believe I can use my extensive business background, together with the insight I have gained from the people who use our services, to support Hft in ensuring we are continuing to provide the right high quality services in the most appropriate way to meet those needs.”

The role was handed over from the Liberal Democrat peer, Judith Jolly, who stepped down having held the position for the last four years.


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