Who’s Moving: Toynbee Hall, Connect Assist, Place2Be and more

17 Jul 2017 News

Our weekly summary of the latest movers in the charity sector.

Chief executive

Jim Minton has been appointed as the new chief executive of East London-based charity Toynbee Hall.

Minton joins Toynbee Hall from London Youth, where he has been the director of membership and communications since June 2012. Prior to that, Minton worked at DHA Communications as head of strategy and also worked in communications at the Home Office.

Social enterprise helpline and digital services provider Connect Assist has appointed Ron Moody as its new chief executive.

Moody has been internally promoted within the organisation, having previously been Connect Assist’s client services director and head of consultancy.

Moody has worked in the charity sector for over 11 years, predominantly in fundraising, having launched his own contact centre Voices for Change in 2007.

Non executive

School-based children’s mental health charity Place2Be has appointed Simon Mackenzie-Smith as its new chair of trustees, following the retirement of Michael Fowle.

Mackenzie-Smith is chair of UK and Ireland corporate and investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He joined the firm in 1996 as managing director of investment banking. Mackenzie-Smith became aware of Place2Be’s work when the charity was selected as Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s charity partner in 2015-16.

He is also currently a member of the Heart of the City Council and the Campaign Council at the National Portrait Gallery.

Both Graham Donaldson and Susan Wilkinson have been announced as members of the Churches Conservation Trust, after having their nominations approved by the Queen.

Wilkinson was an executive board director at the National Trust and is currently a trustee of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich and the Medical Research Foundation. She is also board director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and chair of the Canal and River Trust Living Waterways Awards.

Donaldson is currently group director and co-chair for pension fund manager Mainstay Group, and begun his career with the Diocese of Gloucester, having moved to the UK from Canada to study theology.

The Duchess of Cornwall has been appointed as patron of The Silver Line to coincide with her 70th birthday.

The Duchess of Cornwall supports a number of charities focusing predominantly on health and well-being, as well as promoting literacy, heritage and the arts and animal welfare charities.

The Silver Line, a free helpline for older people, was launched by Dame Esther Rantzen in November 2013 and has since received over 1.5 million calls. 


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