Heart Research UK appoints new chief executive

Written by Lauren Weymouth

Heart Research UK has appointed Kate Bratt-Farrar as its new chief executive.

Bratt-Farrar will be taking on the role from Barbara Harpham, who is stepping down from the post after almost 16 years with the charity.

She joins the Leeds-based charity from Sue Ryder Wheatsfields Hospice, where she was director. Prior to this, she was CEO of Leeds Women's Aid and has worked in policy and research at Save the Children.

Bratt-Farrar has also acted as a trustee for numerous charities, most recently with the Morrisons Foundation.

Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I am delighted to be joining the dedicated and vibrant team at Heart Research UK. I look forward to supporting the organisation to further flourish in the coming years as we raise more vital funds to do more of what we do best – invest in ground-breaking research, crucial education and in our communities themselves to promote heart health and cutting-edge treatment.”

The charity's chair of trustees, Richard Brown added: “The trustees and all at Heart Research UK are looking forward to working with Kate. Her skills and enthusiasm will enable us to continue and expand our pioneering research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease."

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