Who’s Moving: WaterAid, Unicef UK, Shaw Trust and more 

04 Nov 2019 News

Ndidi Okezie, chief executive of UK Youth

Chief executive 

The Family Holiday Association has appointed Kat Lee as its new chief executive. Lee is joining from Girlguiding, where she was head of youth programmes.
Philippa Harris, chair of trustees, said: “We are delighted that Kat has agreed to join us to drive that change for the future. Her experience supporting girls to achieve at Girlguiding coupled with her energy and outlook reflects our ambition for the future of the Family Holiday Association.”
Lee said: “I am delighted to be joining The Family Holiday Association as CEO. The charity has a proud history of supporting the families who need it most to take a break, connect with one another and make memories they can treasure forever. I am looking forward to working with staff and partners to enable many more families to step away from the challenges of daily life and have fun together on a much-needed break.”
She will take over as chief executive at the Family Holiday Association on 6 January 2020.

UK Youth has appointed Ndidi Okezie as new chief executive.

Unicef UK has appointed Nick Roseveare MBE as its interim executive director. He has previously held permanent chief executive roles at the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and at Bond, and an interim role at The Children’s Society.

He started at Unicef UK on 30 October and will remain in post until a permanent executive director is confirmed.

Roseveare said: "I am absolutely delighted to be asked to lead Unicef UK through this important transition period. I am keen to maintain momentum and help to accelerate progress on key projects and processes for next year and support all colleagues to feel empowered to bring their best energies and expertise to their roles.”

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) has appointmented Rami Okasha as its chief executive, following Maria McGill’s decision to retire this year.

Okasha will take up the post on 31 January 2020. Okasha is currently the director of transformation and innovation at CHAS.

Okasha said: “CHAS is a truly magical organisation that supports children and families going through the hardest of times. It is an extraordinary honour, both personally and professionally, to be asked to lead the team and to succeed Maria McGill.”

George Reid, chair of CHAS, said: “Rami was appointed by the board after an extensive search, attracting high-calibre candidates from across the UK. I am personally delighted by this appointment and know that Rami will continue to ensure that CHAS works effectively with all of its partners across Scotland. Maria and Rami will be working closely on transition during the months ahead.”

Carers Trust has appointed Gareth Howells as its new chief executive. He begins in December 2019, after he leaves Carers Trust South East Wales, from the chief executive post he has held since July 2015.

Howells has held senior management positions within the Mind network, housing, local government and the private sector. He was also a young carer himself.

He said: “I’m passionate about the rights of unpaid carers and having been a young carer myself, I understand first-hand the unique challenges and pressures carers face. I’m looking forward to working with our trustees, our staff, our network partners and unpaid carers to improve support, services and recognition for unpaid carers across the UK.”

Finance and operations

Shaw Trust has made Stephen King its chief finance officer.
He has worked with housing associations including Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, Watford Community House and Clapham Park Homes.
Chris Luck, Shaw Trust’s chief executive said: “We are delighted to have attracted Stephen to Shaw Trust to take on this substantial role within the organisation. We currently manage and deliver major contracts supporting vulnerable and socially isolated people, we are responsible to them to ensure we perform, and Stephen’s role ensuring we have fiscal accountability for taxpayer’s money is vital.”

Kathleen Kelly has been made director of collaboration to lead new place-based initiative LocalMotion.
She previously led the development of the National Lottery Community Fund’s partnership funding approach and was assistant director of communities and social policy at the Greater London Authority.
She said: “I’m excited to get started on a project which will give local communities a much-needed lift. Many communities are facing increasingly difficult circumstances, with the charities that support them having to pick up the pieces of a broken system in the context of an increasing squeeze on their funding”. 

Fundraising, policy and communications

Erin Segilia Chase has joined CARE International UK as executive director for fundraising, partnerships and communications.

She joins from Catalyst Consulting Group, where she served as a global director and head of the philanthropy practice. She has held senior roles at New York University, The Legal Aid Society, and The American Cancer Society, and served as director of Philanthropy at Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation. She is a member of the board of trustees of International Alert, Center for Civilians in Conflict and the Global Leadership Board of Seeds of Peace.

Laurie Lee, chief executive of CARE International UK, said: “We are all excited to welcome Erin, who is a senior leader with great experience in philanthropy, fundraising and international justice. She will help our teams take risks, and try new things, in fundraising and impact investing.

“She will help CARE’s #March4Women, lendwithcare and market-leading private sector engagement fulfil their amazing potential.”

Gemma Hope will join Leonard Cheshire as director of policy. She has spent the last decade with the Shaw Trust.

She said: “I’ve long admired Leonard Cheshire because of its commitment to evidence-based research and innovative approaches to improving the lives of disabled people, in the United Kingdom and across the world. I’m also particularly excited about working with international partners like the UN and World Bank.”         


The Prime Minister has appointed Catherine Goodman, Lord Tony Hall and Stuart Roden as trustees at the National Gallery for four years from 1 November 2019 to 31 October 2023.

Goodman is director of the Royal Drawing School. She trained at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts and at the Royal Academy Schools for her MA.

Hall is the editorial, operational and creative leader of the BBC. He is responsible for the BBC’s public service, as well as its commercial operations, in the UK and around the world. He took up the post in April 2013. In January 2019, He was also appointed president of the European Broadcasting Union. He was chief executive of the Royal Opera House from 2001-2013.

Until January 2019, Roden was chairman of Lansdowne Partners and chairman of the management committee having previously co-managed the developed markets funds since their inception in 2001. He is non-executive chairman of Hetz Ventures and a trustee of The Centre for Social Justice, Jewish Care and The Rabbi Sacks Foundation.

Greenfingers Charity has appointed Sue Allen as a trustee. She is the founder of Millbrook Garden Centres, sits on the board of trustees for the Garden Centre Association and is chairman of the GCA Trust.

She said: “Having been involved with Greenfingers from the very early days, when the first ever garden was created at Demelza House in Kent, I am delighted to now feel able to give my time and energy to the charity once more as a trustee.  Having spent many years on the management committee, it is a bit like coming home, although that home has seen great expansion and lots of improvements and is now a much larger, higher profile charity.”

WaterAid has appointed four new trustees. 

The new trustees are Alyson Clark, Harpinder Collacott, Guido Schmidt Traub and Hilary Wild. The trustees retiring are Anna Segall and Peter Newman. 
Tim Wainwright, chief executive for WaterAid, said: “We are thrilled to welcome four members to WaterAid’s board of trustees this October. Our new trustees bring a wealth of knowledge and a range of valuable expertise, with experience of different sectors from development, to energy and climate.”

Clark has been a legal adviser in private practice with Clifford Chance, and since 1996 at GE, a leading global high-tech industrial company. Collacott has led Development Initiatives, an organisation providing data-driven analysis to support poverty eradication, as executive director since 2015. She is also a trustee of Bond.

Traub is executive director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Wild is a chartered accountant and has a portfolio of independent roles within international organisations, specialising in financial management, audit, risk and governance.

Cancer Research UK has appointed two new trustees who will join in January 2020. They are Professor Moira Whyte and Professor Nic Jones.

Jones is director of strategic initiatives at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre. Whyte was formerly director of the Medical Research Council. She is a member of the MRC Strategy Board and chair of the MRC Training and Careers Group.

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, chair of Cancer Research UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Nic and Moira to our governing council. They have extensive expertise in biomedical research and clinical leadership which will be invaluable to Cancer Research UK in furthering our mission of beating cancer sooner”.  

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