Appointments update 17 February

Written by Matt Ritchie

• 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.

• ScotsCare, the charity for Scots in London, has promoted Shona Fleming to chief executive.

Fleming joined the charity in 2003 and had held senior positions, including most recently deputy chief executive. She is also chief executive of Borderline, the charity for homeless Scots in London. Fleming replaces Willie Docherty.

• Andrew Jennings has been appointed chairman of The Prince’s Trust Retail Leadership Group.

The RLG is a collaboration of Prince’s Trust corporate partners established nearly 10 years ago. In that time, tens of thousands of young people have been supported through The Prince’s Trust and their retail, consumer, leisure and hospitality partners.

Andrew Jennings has more than 45 years of achievement leading some of the world’s most respected high-end, speciality and department stores. His roles include general manager at Harrods, managing director at House of Fraser UK, deputy chair at Brown Thomas Ireland, president of Holt Renfrew Canada, president of Saks Fifth Avenue USA, and CEO of Karstadt Group in Germany.

He has been an active member of the RLG for the past three years.

• Trustees Unlimited has appointed Cathy Kay to its board of directors.

Trustees Unlimited is a joint venture trustee recruitment company set up by NCVO, Bates Wells Braithwaite and Russam GMS.

Kay joined Russam GMS eight months ago as associate director of executive search. Previously she worked at Aspen Worldwide, an international executive search firm, where she specialised in technology.

• CXK has appointed Dick Fedorcio OBE as the next chair of its board of trustees.

The charity CXK provides services to over 50,000 people annually through the National Careers Service, National Citizen Service, Prince’s Trust, and commissioned early help services in Kent and Bromley.

Fedorcio has been a trustee with CXK since 2013 and recently chaired the development, fundraising and marketing committee. Now retired, he has over 40 years' experience in public relations. His career in local government saw him working in London, Essex, Sussex and Kent before returning to London with the electricity industry followed by the Metropolitan Police Service.

• National Autistic Society chief executive Mark Lever and Hospice UK chief executive Tracey Bleakley have been appointed as ambassadors of Room to Room, an initiative that seeks to reward the work of charity volunteers and frontline employees.

Founded by Nicolas James Group chair Nicolas Roach and driven by the hospitality industry, Room to Room rewards charity workers with complimentary short breaks across the UK, with hotel partners donating anticipated unsold rooms.

The programme works with registered charities including Mencap, Macmillan Caring, Maggie’s Cancer Centres, and Naomi House & Jack’s Place.

• Volunteering Matters has appointed Paul Buddery to the newly-created post of director of strategy.

Buddery was most recently deputy director of public services at the Royal Society of Arts. He has been involved in public service delivery and strategy for over a decade, specialising in cross sector partnerships, and has also acted as a senior policy advisor to the Children's Commissioner for England.

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