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Who’s Moving: Trussell Trust, British Red Cross, RNIB and more

31 Jul 2017 News

David McAuley is currently the chief executive of the Trussell Trust

David McAuley, the current chief executive of the Trussell Trust, has announced that he will be leaving the charity in August after nine years at the organisation.

McAuley announced that he would be stepping down from the national foodbank charity to take up the role of chief executive at youth support organisation OPENHouse in September.

He joined the Trussell Trust in August 2008 and took up the role of chief executive at the organisation in January 2014. Read the full story here.

John Barrett has left the Small Charities Coalition, having been with the organisation since its inception in 2007.

Barrett has been the chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition since 2014, taking over from predecessor Alex Swallow. He announced he would be leaving the organisation in February.

In a farewell email, Barrett said he wouldn’t be leaving the charity sector entirely and will be moving into freelance and consultative work from September. 

Mandy Johnson has been appointed as the next chief executive and will join in August

Alcohol Research UK has appointed Richard Piper as its new chief executive, following the completion of its organisational merger with Alcohol Concern.

Piper was previously director of impact transformation at Mencap and has also previously worked for NCVO and was chief executive of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

He is scheduled to take up his new role in September, taking over for Dave Roberts who is stepping down from the role after eight years at the helm. Read the full story here.

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Associations (PLSA) has announced that Julian Mund will become its new chief executive, starting 1 August.

Mund has worked at PLSA since September 2013, previously as its commercial services director and has recently been the organisation’s acting chief executive.

Prior to that, he worked at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for 16 years. He has also worked at the Department for Education.

Fundraising and communications

Mark Astarita, director of fundraising at the British Red Cross has announced that he will be stepping down from his role at the organisation to set up a “global hub for the whole of the Red Cross movement”.

Astarita made his announcement last week, saying that he would now be the director of an international hub for all of the Red Cross. He will also be joining Tobin Aldrich and Imogen Ward at their existing consultancy Aldrich and Ward – which will know be Astarita, Aldrich and Ward.

Astarita, who has been at the British Red Cross for 14 years, will stay with the organisation until the end of October. Read the full story here.

Non executive

Ellie Southwood, currently vice chair of RNIB, is set to succeed current chair Kevin Carey when he steps down from the organisation later this year.

Southwood has been a trustee of the charity since 2010. She is also a local councillor in Brent, North West London and has also worked in the public, commercial and charity sectors, including in recruitment for senior roles and consultancy for organisations going through change.

One of Southwood’s first tasks as chair will be to recruit a new chief executive for the organisation, after the retirement of Lesly-Anne Alexander from the charity in October last year. Read the full story here.

The Royal Air Forces Association has announced the appointment of Air Marshal Sir Baz North as its new president, replacing Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller in the role.

North joins the organisation following a 35-year career with the Royal Air Force. He was knighted in 2015.

He has been a member of the RAF Association since 2003. 


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