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Who’s Moving: WellChild, Tearfund, Girls Not Brides, and more

26 Jul 2021 News

Amanda Jordan, chair of Virgin Money Foundation.

WellChild appoints parent Craig Hatch as new chair

WellChild has appointed Craig Hatch as chair for a three-year term.

Hatch, from Cumbria, has first-hand experience of the challenges facing families caring for a child with complex health needs. One of his four children, Fraser, has Cerebral Palsy and requires a large amount of daily care.

Hatch became involved in the parent advisory group for the charity and then became a parent ambassador.

For the past two years, he has served on WellChild’s board of trustees. He is UK president of Tetra Tech, a global technical and engineering consultancy. He is also a chartered surveyor and a fellow of both the RICS and CIOB.

WellChild’s previous chair, Andrew Osborne, has retired from the role after serving for the last three years.

Amanda Jordan appointed new chair of Virgin Money Foundation

Virgin Money Foundation has appointed Amanda Jordan as its new chair. She replaces Edward Wakefield who has been chair since 2015.

In 2000 Jordan set up Corporate Citizenship, a leading international sustainability management consultancy.  

She said: “Since launching in 2015 Virgin Money Foundation has supported communities, organisations and young people both in its heartland and right across the UK. It is a huge honour to chair the Virgin Money Foundation and the team and I are looking forward to continuing the great work already underway which is focused on making a sustainable and meaningful difference to communities across the UK.”

Girls Not Brides appoints new chair

Girls Not Brides has appointed Anne Gallagher, director-general of the Commonwealth Foundation, as the new chair.

Gallagher will formally replace the current chair and founder, Mabel van Oranje, on 16 September 2021.

Van Oranje has served as chair since Girls Not Brides was established in 2011, and will transition to become a global champion for the movement.

Gallagher said: “I am honoured to be leading Girls Not Brides in the next exciting stage of its journey. It is time to harness what we have learned and focus all our energies on achieving a world where girls are truly free: free to make their own choices and shape their own futures.”

Tearfund appoints Veena O’Sullivan as new international director

Veena O'Sullivan has been appointed as Tearfund's international director.

She first joined Tearfund in November 2000 as desk officer for India. 

O’Sullivan, said: “This pandemic season has brought huge challenges for people living in poverty all around the world. During this time the global church has shown its incredible capacity for generosity, hospitality and compassion. But even before Covid-19, at Tearfund we knew the strength of this grassroots network of faith based communities playing key roles as caregivers, educators and activists. 

“Faith leaders have a unique opportunity to use their sphere of influence to speak up against injustice and for those living in poverty. Tearfund’s approach involves equipping and partnering with churches and communities who, like us, are determined to see an end to extreme poverty and injustice. It’s a privilege to play a part in this vital work.”

Albert Tucker and Fiona Rawes join NPC as trustees

Charity consultancy and think tank NPC has appointed two new trustees to their board.

Albert Tucker is a governance and business adviser for AFFORD, an African diaspora organisation advising Business in Africa and the UK. He is also a trustee of Common Purpose and the Carnegie UK trust.

He has previously served as a trustee of Comic Relief, The BIG Lottery Fund, and City Parochial Foundation.

Fiona Rawes is philanthropy director at the City of London Corporation. She shapes and leads the £55m annual contribution of time, assets, money, and skills made by the Corporation. 

She has over 20 years of non-profit experience in senior roles including at the British Red Cross, Business in the Community and Teach First.  

The Patients Association appoints two new members

The Patients Association has appointed Sarah Tilsed as its head of patient partnership.

Tilsed joins from the National Dementia Action Alliance where she was campaigns and partnerships manager. 

Tilsed will lead the Patients Association’s work to increase and diversify its membership, build strong engagement activities throughout all areas of the its work, as well as help it deliver on its five-year patient partnership strategy, launched in January.

Also new to the charity is Maya Anaokar, who joins as head of communications and marketing. 

Anaokar joins from the Vaccines Taskforce, where she was part of the strategic communications team, and will be supporting Tilsed’s engagement work.  

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