Appointments update 03 March

Written by Matt Ritchie

• Rowcroft Hospice has appointed Mark Hawkins as chief executive.

An experienced CEO with experience across many UK and international markets and organisations, Hawkins holds a Master’s degree in Management Science and an MBA.

• Kidney Research UK has appointed Marc Stowell as its new director of fundraising.

Stowell joins after almost 12 years as senior consultant at Compton Fundraising Ltd.

• Rica - the Research Institute for Consumer Affairs - has appointed Jon Quinn as chief executive.

He joins Rica in April from Shelter, most recently as their head of campaigns. Quinn has previously worked with the Conservative party at a local, regional and national level, becoming head of campaign literature at CCHQ.

• VisionFund International is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its board of directors: Tiffany T. F. Huang and Emma Osborne.

Huang has served on the boards of World Vision International and World Vision Taiwan, and brings experience in complex projects and development to the VisionFund Board.

Osborne has been a member of many boards including the Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners for England, the Church of England’s Pensions Board, the Finance Advisory Group of Salisbury Cathedral and the Council of the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research.

• Professor David Dexter has taken on the new role of deputy director of research at Parkinson’s UK.

He was previously professor of neuropharmacology at Imperial College. One of his roles at the college was as scientific director at the Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank, the UK’s largest supplier of brain tissue for research dedicated to Parkinson’s.

• Children’s literacy charity Doorstep Library Network has announced the appointment of Annabel James as its new chair of trustees.

James has been a trustee of Doorstep Library since 2014. She was a charity director and fundraiser for almost 20 years after a career in corporate communications. James was head of corporate fundraising at the NSPCC during the Full Stop Campaign and went on to head up Capital Radio’s charities including its flagship, Help A London Child. In 2008, James set up her own fundraising consultancy and has worked for a range of local and national charities.

• Polly Neate will take over as chief executive at Shelter from the summer.

• National charity Caudwell Children has appointed Dr Juli Crocombe as director of clinical services and research.

Dr Crocombe is joining the charity from St Andrew’s Healthcare where she served as clinical director for autistic spectrum disorders. She previously worked as a consultant psychiatrist for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

• Investment management and financial planning group Tilney has appointed Nicholas Pearson O.B.E as head of charity business development.

Pearson has over 40 years of experience in the City and pioneered the development of professional and tailored services to charities, and is currently president of the Charities Investors Group. Tilney said Pearson established the first ever dedicated charity division at an investment management firm whilst at Cazenove. He also designed and set up two Common Investment Funds in 1989 alongside the Charities Aid Foundation.

• GroceryAid has announced two appointments to its leadership team.

Jane Hill joins in the new position of fundraising director, and Mandi Leonard who takes over as welfare development director when Cathy Mercer retires.

Hill has more than 25 years’ experience heading up events teams and in client director roles. She has worked in the grocery industry before, having spent four years at IGD as part of the senior team working with industry colleagues in a wide variety of roles. More recently at mcm Creative Group she was responsible for developing and managing client relationships with companies including Unilever, Coca Cola European Partners, and Waitrose.

Leonard joins from The Salespeople’s Charity where she has been charity manager for more than 14 years. She initially worked in the banking and computer software sectors before moving to marketing and customer services at Gallaher (JTI). She was then at various marketing and sales companies prior to joining The Salespeople’s Charity in 2002.

• Captioning and subtitling charity for the arts and cultural sectors Stagetext has appointed Professor Jonathan Hassell as chair.

Professor Hassell is a globally recognised thought leader in digital inclusion and the former head of audience experience and usability at the BBC. He is the founder of Open Inclusion, an organisation providing training and consultancy on accessibility and inclusive design.

Richard Lee steps down from the role after six years in post.

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