Comic Relief’s interim chief executive is to lead domestic abuse charity Refuge

Refuge has announced that Ruth Davison, the interim chief executive of Comic Relief, is to lead the charity.

The domestic abuse charity said Davison, who has held a number of roles with charities, including Prince’s Trust International, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth and Crisis, will take Refuge “to the next level” as its next chief executive.

A key priority will be overseeing the charities lobbying around the Domestic Abuse Bill that is currently going through its final stages in Parliament. She also joins as the charity marks its 50th anniversary.

“It is an honour to be joining Refuge as chief executive during such a critical time,” said Davison.

“I am a firm believer that no one should live in fear of violence, intimidation or control, and it has been deeply alarming to see the rise in domestic abuse during the pandemic.

“The outstanding services and support of Refuge will play a crucial role in helping some of the most vulnerable women and families throughout the Covid-19 recovery.

“I look forward to working closely with colleagues, supporters and survivors. The organisation is guided by those we seek to support and together we will ensure that

Refuge grows from strength to strength as an inclusive, innovative and impactful organisation that strives to build a world where domestic abuse and violence against women and girls is no longer tolerated.”

Refuge chair Hetti Barkworth-Nanton added: “I am delighted to announce Ruth Davison as Refuge’s new chief executive. Ruth brings to Refuge a wealth of experience, expertise and insights and a deep commitment to addressing domestic abuse and inequality.

“This year Refuge celebrates its 50th birthday – I have no doubt that Ruth’s inspirational leadership skills and her proven commitment to diversity and inclusivity will drive and build Refuge, and the broader violence against women and girls sector, to a sustainable future which achieves yet more for the women and children who experience domestic abuse in this country today.”

Prior to her current role at Comic Relief, Davison was its director of impact and investment.

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