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Who’s Moving: UK Youth, Make-A-Wish UK, Carers Trust and more

03 Aug 2020 News

Victoria Penrice, new President of ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute

Chief executives

Charlie House, a charity in north-east Scotland for children with life-limiting conditions, has appointed Louise Andrew as chief executive.

She is a former corporate lawyer with 18 years’ experience both in-house and in private practice, having held senior roles for British Energy Group plc, KCA Deutag and John Wood Group plc.  

More recently, she held the role of chair and interim chief executive at the charity Transition Extreme Sports Limited.

Andrew said: “I’m honoured to be joining such an amazing organisation at a pivotal point in their growth. Having had a premature baby who was looked after in neonatal care, I became very aware of just how fragile young lives are and gained an insight into how difficult it can be for families to get the right information and support at the point when they need it most.” 

Youth development charity The Key has announced Richard Haigh as its new chief executive, starting in October.

The current chief executive, Hannah Underwood, recently returned from maternity leave and will be taking up a new role as director of growth and innovation to “lead on implementing our ambitious scaleup plan”.

Haigh has more than 25 years’ experience in a range of roles in the statutory and voluntary sector, including recent positions as assistant director for impact at Barnardo’s and director of quality and resources for Safer London.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be appointed as the new chief executive officer for The Key. I know first-hand how much The Key and its framework can offer the young people who directly participate, the organisations they are involved with, and the wider community, so I was thrilled to pursue an opportunity to join the team.”

The Royal Free Charity has appointed Jon Spiers as its chief executive. He will take up the role in September.

Spiers joins the charity from Autistica, where he is chief executive. He is also a trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities.  

Spiers said he was “thrilled” to be joining the charity.  He added: “At this critical time for the NHS, we will continue to work evermore closely with RFL to develop and support high-impact projects beyond the limitations of NHS funding. 

“The potential is enormous and I look forward to harnessing the passion that comes through so strongly from everyone involved in the charity, to help drive the organisation forward so that we can help staff, patients and our communities to thrive.”


LifeArc has appointed Dr Ian Campbell as chief business officer.

He will join the organisation in the fourth quarter of 2020. In this newly created role, he will take on responsibility for LifeArc’s business development and partnerships.

Campbell said: “I am excited to be taking up this role and to have the opportunity to build the innovative alliances that will help realise LifeArc’s ambition and build on its reputation as an integral part of the UK life sciences community.

“At this time in the UK, it is more important than ever that a charity like LifeArc can use its resources to advance the most promising medical innovation”.

He joins LifeArc from Innovate UK, where he has been interim executive chair.

Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan has appointed professor Antonio Pagliuca as chief medical and scientific adviser. He replaces Professor Alejandro Madrigal who left the charity in March 2020 following his retirement.

Professor Pagliuca is currently divisional medical director at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and professor of stem cell transplantation at both King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.

He will join Anthony Nolan in October, where he will lead the charity’s research portfolio, including the Anthony Nolan Research Institute, two days a week.

Henny Braund, chief executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “We are delighted to appoint Tony as chief medical and scientific adviser at Anthony Nolan and look forward to his expert input and leadership.

“Together, we will drive lifesaving research and turn it into action. Tony’s experience, insight and sector knowledge will be a huge benefit to the patients we work for, every day, who have always been, and continue to be, at the heart of our work.”

Chair and board

UK Youth has announced a new chair. David Thomlinson will join in December 2020.

Thomlinson has more than 40 years' experience in engineering and business. He served on the global management board of Accenture for 11 years before retiring in 2014. 

He has been a long-term supporter of Teach First and sits on the UK board of Teach for All.

The current chair, Anne Stoneham, will be standing down in December 2020, and Thomlinson will officially take the post on from then. Stoneham has been on UK Youth's board of trustees since 1988, and chair of the charity since 2014. 

Thomlinson said: “I am honoured to be selected as the new chair of the trustee board of UK Youth. UK Youth has a most impressive history of over 100 years and is highly regarded as one of the leading charities focused on the needs of young people right across the UK.

“I very much look forward to working with Ndidi Okezie, the UK Youth staff and the entire movement of partners, in delivering a bold strategy for maximising impact and growth.” 

Make-A-Wish UK has appointed Lin Hinnigan, the former chief executive of the Youth Justice Board, as its new chair from today.

Hinnigan's professional background is as an educational psychologist. Hinnigan was director and chief executive of several public bodies including the qualifications organisation QDCA, the Teaching Agency and the General Social Care Council. 

Hinnigan said: “There is clear evidence that Make-A-Wish UK makes a real difference to the wellbeing of many children at particularly difficult times in their lives. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help the organisation increase this impact and reach even more children.

“In the current climate of uncertainty, the benefits which can be gained from a wish experience are even more important than ever.”

I CAN, a children's communication charity, has appointed Roy Blatchford as its new chair.

Blatchford has had an extensive career in education. Over the last 40 years he has been a teacher, headteacher, school governor, government adviser, director of various educational charities, national trainer and keynote speaker. 

He said: “I am delighted to have joined I CAN and look forward to helping the organisation to continue to develop, expand and increase its range of vital services to families, share best practice amongst SLCN practitioners and promote collaborative partnerships. 

“I want to ensure I CAN continues to be a leading voice in the third sector and that children and young people with communication needs are at the forefront of government policy and statutory services. At a time when the sector faces huge challenges, I CAN's work has never been more critical.”

He will succeed Huw Davies, who will step down from the position after having served on the board for 10 years.

Caroline Corby has been named the new chair of One Housing, starting today.

Corby has been a non-executive director of the 17,000-home housing association since January 2018.

She will replace Steve Douglas, who has gone on to become chief executive of St Mungo's.

Corby said: “I’m delighted to become chair of the board and I want to pay tribute to the hard work of my predecessor, Steve Douglas. One Housing has a diverse range of services from managing social housing to providing care and support services and has committed to delivering thousands of new homes over the next 10 years.

“I’m looking forward to playing a role in how the organisation moves forward – building new affordable homes and supporting our communities.”

The Carers Trust has appointed Dr Sally Anstey, Christine Whiley, Sonja Woodhouse and Phil Worms to its board.

The four new trustees join a time of increased momentum at the trust because of the challenges presented by coronavirus to the UK’s unpaid carers.

John McLean, chair of trustees, said: “On behalf of the trustees I am delighted to welcome Sally, Christine , Sonja and Phil to the Carers Trust board.

“Our new trustees bring an invaluable infusion of new skills and experience to the board, particularly in relation to governance, IT and digital and health and social care.

“I very much look forward to working with them on our board and committees to make a difference to unpaid carers across the UK.”

Curious Minds has announced a new chair and welcomes two new members to its board of trustees.

Karen Crowshaw has become its new chair. She formally took up the post in April and replaces Dr Virginia Tandy, who has stepped down after six years.

Samira Al-Obaidi and Jaffer Ali Hussain were appointed as trustees at the charity’s AGM on 22 July.

Crowshaw said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this role at such a significant time for young people’s continued creative and cultural learning, wellbeing and future opportunities.

“I’m looking forward to working with my board colleagues and the committed team at Curious Minds to continue their inspiring work as a catalyst for improving diversity, quality and accessibility of cultural experiences for the region’s children.”

Social justice charity Nacro has appointed five new trustees.

They include Victor Olisa QPM, former area commander with the Metropolitan police, David Hanson, former MP for Delyn, Tabitha Kassem, executive director of governance at the Network Housing Group, Anne Frost, a former senior civil servant and Katie Martin.

Nigel Chapman, chair of Nacro, said: “I am delighted to welcome such an experienced and passionate selection of trustees to the organisation.

“They come to us at a vital time for Nacro, as we work to support those left behind by the economic and social effects of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as continue to educate, support, house and advocate for people to have the best chance at a second chance.”

Michael Lake has been appointed a trustee of On Course Foundation from 1 July.

He was previously chairman of Help for Heroes between November 2017 and December 2019.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has announced that Tanya Steele will join the DEC board of trustees as an independent trustee. She will succeed Baroness Helene Hayman when she completes her term this month.

Steele has been chief executive of WWF since 2017, and previously held positions at two DEC member charities – starting in the sector as a volunteer for the British Red Cross before moving to Save the Children where she drove supporter growth and income.

She said: “My first involvement with the DEC was only three months after joining Save the Children in response to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. This proved to be a turning point for the sector and the DEC’s role within it, and one the most humbling and defining experiences of my career.

“This redefined the relationship between the delivery of aid, the power of the media, and the UK public’s desire to help which the DEC movement continues to successfully build on. I am delighted to now join the board and help contribute to the DEC’s continued success.”


The Chartered Governance Institute has announced that Victoria Penrice has been selected to be its new president.

Previously group company secretary at Seadrill Limited until June this year, Penrice has experience in a number of sectors, from offshore drilling, mining and engineering to leisure. 

Sara Drake, chief executive of the Institute, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Victoria as our new president. She brings with her an impressive range of experience and has been a vital part of the Institute’s board for the past seven years.

“Victoria has helped to oversee a significant period of change at the Institute, including the disposal of the Institute’s software companies in 2017, the reinvigoration of our branches across more than 60 territories, the introduction of a revised qualifying programme and the adoption of two new classes of membership. 

“Her in-depth knowledge of governance, and the important role it plays in ensuring organisational sustainability, means that she understands completely the value that our members bring to society and how vital it is that we, as an Institute, provide the support and lifelong learning opportunities that our members need to flourish.”

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