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New Group Director of Engagement for Sense, & other sector movers


With appointments to the Board of Trustees at both The Scar Free Foundation and Camphill Village Trust, and a new Group Director of Engagement for Sense, here’s news of some more recent sector movers.

Dr Hemani Modasia-Shah appointed to The Scar Free Foundation Board of Trustees

The Scar Free Foundation has appointed long serving Ambassador, Dr Hemani Modasia-Shah GP, to its Board of Trustees. The appointment is part of the charity’s commitment to placing those people with lived experience of scarring at the heart of its strategic decision-making process. Modasia-Shah Chaiman of the board, former National Medical Director of NHS England Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, and members including Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, former Chief of Defence People, people living with scarring, leading research scientists and financial, legal and communications experts. She was first introduced to The Scar Free Foundation just before she started medical school in 2007. Sixteen years later she is now a qualified doctor working in a busy GP practice.

Greenpeace UK Programme Director Pat Venditti to take over as interim Executive Director

Greenpeace UK’s Executive Director John Sauven is to step down from his role after 14 years next month. The Greenpeace UK board has appointed the organisation’s Programme Director Pat Venditti as interim Executive Director. Pat Venditti, who has been in charge of the organisation’s campaigning programme for the past seven years, will lead Greenpeace UK while the process of recruiting a permanent new executive director remains underway. Since joining Greenpeace UK in 2004, Venditti has held several management and leadership roles, including that of Forest Campaign Director and Deputy Programme Director. The Greenpeace UK board started recruiting for a new executive director at the end of last year and the process is still ongoing. Sauven will step down as executive director on 1 February and will stay on to advise and support the interim executive director until 31 March to ensure a smooth transition.

Louise Robertshaw appointed as Sense Group Director of Engagement

Sense has appointed Louise Robertshaw as Group Director of Engagement. Robertshaw will join Sense in February from London’s Air Ambulance, where she has spent the past four years as Director of Fundraising and Marketing. She succeeds Chris Jarrett, who left Sense in December 2021 after five years at the charity, to become Fundraising Director at RNIB. Jarrett was responsible for setting up the Engagement directorate at Sense, which brought together the fundraising and communication functions.  Before joining Sense, Robertshaw held roles at London’s Air Ambulance and Guide Dogs.

Claire Irving to join Martlets as CEO

Martlets has announced the appointment of Claire Irving as its new CEO.  Claire will be joining Martlets in March 2022, taking over from Imelda Glackin, who was CEO at Martlets for seven years, having been with the charity for 19 years. Irving brings with her a wealth of experience from her previous roles, having worked at St Catherine’s Hospice since 2006, following a career in fundraising, business development and project management in national charities and NGOs. She was appointed Director of Income Generation at St Catherine’s Hospice in 2015 and acted as Interim Chief Executive during 2020.

Michael Nutt appointed as Chair of Trustees at Camphill Village Trust

Michael Nutt has been appointed the new chair of trustees at Camphill Village Trust. Nutt has a strong track record in leadership roles in both the healthcare and business sectors and is currently chair of Bromley CIC, which provides community health services across four London boroughs. He is also joined by two other new board members. Dr Ann Kenney has over 20 years’ experience in the charitable sector at a senior level, and a keen interest in fundraising, coproduction and creative arts. Michael Green brings substantial experience as a farmer and senior director in the property industry and is a trustee for another disability charity.

After five fab years, I’m leaving @ACEVO at the end of May. In 2017 I set out to transform the organisation: grow the membership, restore its reputation & bring financial stability. I’ve achieved all that: ACEVO is in a stable & healthy state, with a strong, reputable brand. 1/4

— Vicky Browning (@browning_vicky) January 17, 2022

ACEVO CEO Vicky Browning to step down in May

Vicky Browning has announced that she is leaving ACEVO after five years. Browning joined ACEVO as CEO in January 2017 after nearly seven years as director at CharityComms. Prior to this, she was a magazine journalist, editor and publisher, working at Haymarket Publishing for 16 years. There, she was publishing director of a host of business titles including Third Sector and Campaign, as well as spending two years in New York heading the launch team of Revolution US, before leaving to become an independent publishing consultant.

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