WaterAid’s communications and fundraising chief takes similar role at Leonard Cheshire

Disability charity Leonard Cheshire has appointed Marcus Missen to lead its fundraising and communications.

He joins in June as executive director of fundraising, marketing and communications from Water Aid, where he is is director of communications and fundraising.

Missen has been with WaterAid for nine years, including a stint as chair of WaterAid’s global communications and fundraising executive.
He is also currently vice chair of Bond’s UK trustee board and chairs The Research Alliance’s advisory panel.

His previous charity sector roles include working at children’s charity NSPCC, where he was development director and head of strategy. He has also held fundraising roles at EveryChild, British Heart Foundation, Romanian Orphanage Trust and Fight For Sight.

“This is a vital appoint for the charity in fulfilling our long term ambitions,” said Leonard Cheshire chief executive Ruth Owen, who joined in February from Whizzkidz.

“Marcus has an impeccable record of success and the difference he has made at WaterAid has been remarkable. I and the rest of the team at Leonard Cheshire are immensely excited that he is joining us.

“This charity has huge potential to make an even bigger difference to the lives of disabled people in the UK and internationally. Marcus will have a pivotal role to play in powerfully telling our story, as we drive engagement with new supporters and advocate for change.”

Missen, who replaces interim executive director of fundraising and marketing Leslie Davey, added: “I’m delighted to be joining Leonard Cheshire. It’s unacceptable that the rights of disabled people have not been prioritised enough by society and Leonard Cheshire’s ambition and passion to change this is exciting.

“We’ll achieve so much more impact through partnerships with others so moving to an engagement strategy will be an area of focus. I’m really looking forward to joining the talented team to make this a reality.”

Meanwhile, Leonard Cheshire has appointed Andrew Ball as director of fundraising. He had previously held senior roles at the NSPCC and The Stroke Association.

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