Appointments update 27 February

Written by Matt Ritchie

• Children’s charity the Caldecott Foundation has appointed David Hayes as its new chair.

Hayes has been on the board of the Smeeth based charity since 2007, and joint deputy chair since 2009. He in Chilham, Kent and is a risk management expert having held senior positions in the City for over 25 years.

Angus Fraser steps down having been chair since 2004.

• UK Scouting has appointed Mark Hislop as its new commercial director.

Hislop joins from The Somerset House Trust, where he has played an instrumental role in establishing Somerset House as the biggest creative industry hub in London. He previously worked across a number of retailers including Marks & Spencer and Tesco, and as the managing director of Habitat.

• Make-A-Wish UK has announced the appointment of Per Harkjaer as chair, taking over from David Maloney who has completed his six-year term.

Harkjaer’s previous roles include group CEO of pan European private equity-backed businesses Findus Foods and United Coffee. He is currently non-executive chair of Scandinavia’s largest chicken producer Scandic Standards, and non-executive board member of European pet food manufacturer PPF.

• Landmine clearance organisation The HALO Trust has announced James Cowan CBE DSO as its new chief executive.

Cowan is a British Army Officer who commands the 3rd UK Division. He joined the Army in 1982 as a private soldier, and read Modern History at Oxford before commissioning into The Black Watch after Sandhurst in 1987.

In 1995 Cowan completed his MPhil at Cambridge. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2001, the youngest in the army, and appointed Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff during the early days of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

• Martin Brookes has been appointed as the new chief executive of employment charity Tomorrow’s People.

Brookes was chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital between 2008 and 2011. He has a background in economics, and has previously worked at Fulcrum Asset Management, Goldman Sachs, and the Bank of England. He is also co-founder and chair of the charity Pro Bono Economics.

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