Who’s Moving: WWF UK, The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and Hospice UK

17 Oct 2016 News

Tanya Steele

Our weekly round-up of all the latest movers in the charity sector.

Chief Executive

WWF-UK has announced the appointment of Tanya Steele as its chief executive. 

Steele will take up her new role on 1 January 2017 and joins from Save the Children, where she has most recently been interim chief executive of the charity’s UK arm. Prior to this, Steele was executive director of marketing, fundraising and communications for the charity. Before joining the voluntary sector, Steele worked for Siemens and BT for over a decade. 

She will replace WWF UK’s current chief executive David Nussbaum, who left the organisation at the end of September to become chief executive of the human rights organisation, The Elders. Glyn Davies will act as interim chief executive of the organisation until Steele arrives. 

David Ramsden has been appointed chief executive at The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Ramsden will join the organisation in December from BBC Children in Need, where he has been chief executive for the last decade. 

Ramsden replaces current chief executive Ed Owen, who is stepping down from the organisation after almost five years in charge. 

Alongside his time at BBC Children in Need, Ramsden has also worked for the British Red Cross. Before joining the voluntary sector, Ramsden worked for Ernst & Young. 

Local Trust has appointed Matt Leach as its new chief executive, a role will take up in the early part of 2017. 

Leach will join the Local Trust from social housing agency HACT, where he is currently the chief executive. 

In his new role, Leach will be responsible for leading the charity in the delivery of Big Local – the Trust’s first major initiative being funded by a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £220m. 

Fundraising and Communications

Sue Wixley has been appointed director of communications and campaigns at Hospice UK

Wixley will join the charity at the end of the year from New Philanthropy Capital, where she has led its marketing and communications activities. 

She has also previously worked for a number of charities including Amnesty International and Oxfam in the UK and South Africa. She is also a trustee of the Consortium for Street Children. 

Athony Nolan, the UK blood cancer charity, has made two appointments in its engagement division: with Katie Begg taking on the role of assistant director of awareness and influencing, with Alix Wooding joining as assistant director of fundraising. 

Begg has worked with Anthony Nolan since November 2012 and is returning from maternity leave to take up the new role. Wooding joins the organisation from Macmillan, where he was head of corporate partnerships. He has also worked for the Alzheimer’s Society. 

Both will report to Richard Davidson, who was made director of the newly created Engagement Division in May 2016. 

Finance and Operations

Ken Caldwell has been appointed as the first executive director of WaterAid International

Caldwell will begin his new role in January 2017, and will be based in WaterAid’s London offices. He will work alongside WaterAid UK’s current chief executive Barbara Frost until her retirement in the spring of 2017. 

Caldwell was previously the international director of Save the Children, deputy director for Voluntary Service Overseas and chief executive of Sussex Enterprise.

Non executive

Avenues has appointed Bruce Calderwood to its group board as a trustee. Avenues is a group of charities which support people in community based settings who have complex needs arising from learning disabilities, brain injury or dementia. 

Calderwood worked in the Department of Work and Pensions and was director of Mental Health, Disability and Equality between 2009 and 2013. 

During his career as a civil servant, Caldwerwood also played a role in setting up the Office for Disability Issues. 


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