Changing Faces CEO to make way for leader with more healthcare experience

The chief executive of Changing Faces is to step down to make way for a leader with more specialist health experience.

Becky Hewitt has led the charity, which supports people with facial differences such scarring or a skin condition, since 2017.

However, she has made the decision to leave in Spring 2021 as she believes the charity will benefit in the future from a chief executive with more experience working in healthcare.

Hewitt’s background is in PR and communications, having spent four years as communications director for Girlguiding and has previously worked at PR and public affairs consultancies.

She stresses that the charity is in a secure financial position, which makes it a “natural time for me to pass the baton to someone else to lead us”.

“After a lot of careful consideration and discussions with my Board, I have decided it will be time for me to step down as CEO of Changing Faces in Spring next year.
This has been such a tough decision to make,” she said.

The Covid-19 health crisis has also been a factor in her decision as it had “caused us to think very hard about the structure Changing Faces needs as we look to the future, including the leadership skills we need to prioritise”.

She said: “I feel that for the next stage of our strategic development Changing Faces would benefit from a new CEO with more specialist health experience.

“I am not planning to move to another role immediately as I want to ensure I have the focus and flexibility to work with the Board and our team to support the transition. Then I want to spend some time with my family before taking my next step.”

The recruitment process for a new chief executive has begun.

Changing Faces chief executive David Clayton added: “I would like to thank Becky for the excellent leadership she has given to the charity and wish her all the very best for her next steps.

“Becky has presided over a significant and successful transition at Changing Faces and when she eventually steps down, she will leave the charity with very firm foundations, a strong and motivated team and an expanded profile amongst our supporters and community.

“The Trustees will be working closely with Becky on a smooth transition to our new CEO to lead us through the next stage of our journey.”

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