Professional Development News
Charity Insight Staff Writer
Published 04 February 2011

January saw some major moves in the charity sector.

Marie Curie

Cancer Care appoints new chairman
John Varley has been appointed the new chairman of Marie Curie Cancer Care. He will succeed Sir Peter Davis who retires at the end of March. John is the former group chief executive of Barclays and will remain the senior advisor to the board of Barclays. He is also chairman of Business Action on Homelessness, president of the Employer's Forum on Disability and president of the UK Drug Policy Commission.

Google MD joins Media Trust board
Following the addition of Google UK as the corporate member of the Media Trust, Matt Brittin, UK and Ireland managing director and vice president at Google, has joined the Trust's board. Matt had spent his career in media and marketing before joining Google in 2007. Caroline Diehl MBE, founder and chief executive of Media Trust, said, "Working with Matt and Google's staff, we can continue to harness the skills, expertise and resources of the communications industry, to ensure charities and communities get their voices heard."

New chair for Scottish regulator
Office of Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has appointed Dr Graham Forbes CBE as its new chairman. Forbes, who is Provost of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, will replace John Naylor from March 1, 2011. Other ministerial appointments held by Forbes include chairman of the UK Committee on Ethical Aspects of Pandemic Influenza and the Mental Welfare Commission, member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and the Security Vetting Appeals Board. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for public service in Scotland.

Lord Ken Macdonald is Reprieve's new chair
Lord Ken Macdonald QC, co-founder of Matrix Chambers and former director of Public Prosecutions, is the new chair of Reprieve that provides support to prisoners on death row. The appointment followed the death of its previous chairperson Lord Bingham of Cornhill in September. Lord Ken has been a voice for human rights since being called to the Bar in 1978.

Ken Macdonal

Tony Bennett is Action Planning's new chief executive
Action Planning, the strategy and fundraising consultancy, announced the appointment of Tony Bennett as its new chief executive. Bennett's previous roles have included chief executive of youth club charity, Clubs for Young People, worldwide strategy director at Thomas Cook and managing director of Going Places.

Children's Society appoints Enver Solomon as policy director
Enver Solomon has been appointed as the new director of policy at the Children's Society. He makes his move from Barnardo's where he was the assistant director of Policy. Prior to this he was deputy director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and a BBC journalist.

Enver Solomon

Colin Walton is the new head of charities at CAF
Colin Walton takes over from Mark Morford as the head of charities of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) where he will be managing a 14-member team. Walton joins from the Co-operative Bank's charity team where he was senior manager. Morford will now manage the launch of CAF's new investment service.

Colin Walton


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