Appointments update 09 September

Written by Matt Ritchie

• MapAction has appointed Ian Davis as director of fundraising and marketing, while Sharon Robertson also joins this month as head of grants fundraising.

Davis was previously the head of partnerships at the charity. He previously held roles at Child Bereavement UK, People & Planet and Oxfam, as well as chairing the Institute of Fundraising Chilterns Group.

Robertson joins from her role as fundraising development manager at Action4Youth.

• The Centre for Ageing Better has named three new trustees and two new co-optees.

Margaret Dangoor, Dame Lin Homer, and Lord Spencer Livermore join as trustees.

Dangoor is a registered general nurse with a Masters in Health Law. Her career spanned nursing and general management in the NHS before she left to lead a patient safety organisation as executive director.

Dame Lin Homer brings experience leading large, complex operational and political organisations including the Department for Transport and HMRC.

Lord Spencer Livermore has worked as a partner at insight and strategy consultancy Britain Thinks, as director of strategy at business reputation advisory firm Teneo Blue Rubicon, and as senior strategist at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.

Health strategy, life sciences and demographic change specialist Julika Erfurt and former Twin Trading CEO Albert Tucker have been appointed as co-optees and will contribute to committees.

• Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has appointed UK Athletics CEO Niels de Vos as its new chair of trustees.

He joins the board as chair elect on 1 September, ahead of taking up the role of chair in November.

• Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland has appointed Jane-Claire Judson as chief executive officer.

Judson is currently the national director for Diabetes Scotland, responsible for leading and managing Diabetes UK's activities in Scotland. A graduate of the University of Dundee, Judson is currently a board member at NHS Health Scotland and was recently appointed to the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Before taking up her role at Diabetes Scotland, she worked for NUS Scotland and at the Scottish Parliament.

Judson will take up the role at the start of November.

• NCT has appointed three new trustees and a chief technology officer.

Peter Pedersen joins as CTO, having held a similar role at Channel 4. He will be creating the charity’s first technology strategy to harness the potential of digital to better support new parents.

The new trustees are: Carey Oppenheim, outgoing chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation; David Shanks, senior legal counsel at Google; and Stephanie Maurel, chief executive officer at the international volunteering charity Concordia.

The appointments follow the launch of the parents’ charity’s new strategy, which sets out the first three years of its ambition to reach all parents across the first 1,000 days.

• Nationwide youth social action charity Generation Change has appointed Sam Conniff as chair.

Conniff is a co-founder of youth-led creative network Livity. He brings more than 20 years’ experience of leading youth organisations. He takes over this month from existing co-chairs and co-founders of Generation Change, Rob Wilson and Sophie Livingstone.

• Former Youth United Foundation CEO Lindsay Levkoff Lynn is to join UK Youth as interim CEO from 25 September.

Levkoff Lynn has worked in a variety of third sector, government body and private sector organisations. Past roles include head of impact at Nesta, head of fundraising at The Challenge Network, and consultant at Bain & Company. She holds a Masters in Politics from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard.

Current chief executive Anna Smee will go on maternity leave from the end of October to have her second child.

• World Vision’s microfinance arm, VisionFund International, has appointed Michael Mithika as president and CEO.

With more than 20 years of experience, Mithika has provided strategic and specialist financial advisory services and management consulting to private and development oriented clients based in Africa. Since co-founding J.M. Mantle & Co. Limited, a management consulting and financial services firm, he has worked with investors and donors to unlock capital and institutions committed to deepening and increasing financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mithika has been a non-executive director of VisionFund International since 2011 and will remain on the board as the executive director. Mithika will be moving to London from Nairobi to take up the appointment, which follows a global search, starting in October this year.

• Helen Goulden has been appointed CEO of the Young Foundation, effective from October.

Goulden joins from Nesta where she has been an executive director for the past four years, having first joined in in April 2009. She is also currently a board member of the behavioural insights team.

Goulden previously worked in the private sector developing digital strategies and solutions for global corporate clients. She spent five years consulting in the Cabinet Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Communities and Local Government, developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and product development for interactive television services.

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