Appointments update 11 August

Written by Matt Ritchie

• Above & Beyond has announced the appointment of four new co-opted trustees.

Lee Aston previously worked at KPMG both in the UK and as part of the European leadership team in Frankfurt and is now director of finance at Thrings Solicitors. He is also an elected member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Staff members from Thrings have twice taken part in Above & Beyond’s flagship fundraising event, the Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge.

Steve Bluff has spent much of his career in senior leadership roles for companies including Crabtree & Evelyn, Nuffield Health and House of Fraser. He has recently set up his own coaching and consulting company, nCourage Ltd., to help businesses develop their operation and leadership teams.

James Fox has over 30 years’ experience as a stockbroker and investment manager in Bristol and is regional director at Rathbones. Alongside his management responsibilities, James deals with portfolios for charities and trusts. Rathbones is the sponsor of Above & Beyond’s Christmas Star Concert.

Samantha Hawkins has 20 years’ experience in the corporate and commercial legal sector across Wales and the South West. Obtaining her Joint Insolvency Examination Board qualification while at Deloitte, Samantha is now Principal of Hawkins Insolvency Limited.

• Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has announced Gail Scott-Spicer as its next chief executive officer.

• Lawrence Waterman OBE CFIOSH has been appointed chair of the British Safety Council.

Waterman is a founding partner at the Park Health and Safety Partnership, and was formerly head of health and safety for the London Olympic Delivery Authority. He is past president of IOSH. Waterman is also a visiting professor at Loughborough University where he teaches and participates in research. He was appointed OBE for services to health and safety in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours.

Lynda Armstrong OBE is to step down as chair in November, after seven years in the post.

• Directory of Social Change has appointed three new trustees.

Emily Hughes is head of quality at Girlguiding UK and has worked in the voluntary sector since 2005.

Phyllida Perrett is strategic development director at Prospects Group. She has a commercial background with experience in marketing, PR and sales.

William Butler spent four years as chief executive at Arthritis Care, and brings over 40 years’ voluntary sector experience to the DSC board. He works as a consultant providing strategic analysis and evaluation consultancy for a wide range of organisations.

Jamie Wilcox, head of volunteer services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, steps down as a DSC trustee having joined the board in 2011.

• Grief Encounter has announced Harold Gittelmon as its new chair of trustees.

Gittelmon is a venture capitalist and investor. He was CEO of large duty free retailer for 13 years until stepping up to chair last year.

Gittelmon has taken over the leadership of the Grief Encounter board from Jeremy Tobias-Tarsh.

• Ormiston Families has appointed Kate Higgs as director of fundraising and marketing.

Higgs was previously head of income generation at Volunteering Matters UK, and brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing and fundraising in a number of high profile organisations.

• Victim Support Scotland (VSS) has appointed Kate Wallace as chief executive.

Wallace has 13 years’ experience of high profile leadership roles in the public and voluntary sectors in both executive and non-executive roles. She currently leads Visualise Scotland, and was previously the UK programme director for Barnardo’s based between London and Glasgow.

• Nominet Trust has expanded its board with the appointment of Hannah Keartland as honorary treasurer.

Keartland is head of innovation at Cancer Research UK. She comes to the role with experience gained from eight years’ in charity leadership positions, and financial management capability as a qualified Chartered Accountant (AQA).

• Vikki Heywood CBE and Tim Score have been appointed to the board of the National Theatre.

Heywood was appointed for a second three year term as chair of the Royal Society of Arts in October 2015. She also chairs the Mountview Drama Academy, The Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, and the First World War Centenary Arts Commissioning Programme, 14-18. She was the executive director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) from 2003 until 2013, and was previously chief executive of the Royal Court Theatre. Heywood has been an executive producer in the West End and on Broadway.

Score brings experience from the technology sector in developed and emerging markets, having served as chief financial officer of ARM Holdings for 13 years. He sits on the boards of The British Land Company, Pearson, and HM Treasury. He served on the board of National Express Group from 2005 to 2014, including time as interim chairman and six years as the senior independent director. Earlier in his career Score held senior finance roles with Rebus Group, William Baird, BTR plc and others.

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