Animal Welfare charity names former Action for Children director as CEO

Animal welfare charity Mayhew, which formed more than 130 years ago, has hired former Action for Children and Marie Curie director Sherine Wheeler as its next chief executive.

She joins having worked as a freelance consultant and advisor for the last year and having held senior director roles in the charity sector.

Wheeler spent two years at Action of Children as its director of strategy, performance and transformation lead and three years at Marie Curie as its strategy director.

She has also worked in senior roles at Young Lives vs Cancer (formerly CLIC Sargent) and Coram.

Mayhew chair Julianne Hicks said: “Sherine has the skills and experience and, most importantly, when you meet Sherine you are left in no doubt of her commitment to our cause of improving the lives of the cats and dogs who need us.

“We are thrilled that she has accepted the post and look forward to working together.”

She joins at the end of August and replaces interim chief executive Howard Bridges, who took on the role last year. He will stay to support Wheeler through a handover process until November.

Wheeler added: “I’m delighted to lead Mayhew. I feel fortunate to be joining a committed, passionate, and talented team and to be able to work with an experienced and engaged Board as we take Mayhew into the next chapter of its long and important history.

“I’m hugely ambitious for Mayhew. I very much look forward to working closely with staff and volunteers, and alongside our supporters and many colleagues across the animal welfare sector to continue to develop a strong and collaborative voice and to improve the lives of cats and dogs who need us.”

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