Who’s Moving: Papworth Trust, Freedom from Torture, Target Ovarian Cancer and more


Emma Kane, chair of Target Ovarian Cancer

Our weekly summary of the latest movers in the charity sector.

Chief executives 

Sarah Miller has been appointed as chief executive of the disability charity Papworth Trust. She has worked in social care for 30 years and was most recently deputy chief executive at Walsingham Support and is also a trustee of the League Against Cruel Sports. 

Miller is due to complete her MBA in April 2018 and has an MSc from the University of St Andrews in ‘Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex Needs’ and will join the Papworth Trust in May.

Human rights charity, Freedom from Torture has announced that Sonya Sceats will be its next chief executive. Sceats is an international human rights lawyer and has been acting chief executive for the past five months, having previously been director of policy and advocacy. 

Sheffield charity, Paces, which supports children, adults and their families with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders has appointed Spencer Pitfield as chief executive. Pitfield has been a trustee of the charity since 2010, and has been the interim chief executive since last July. He was appointed permanently after a competitive recruitment process. 

Finance and operations 

The Victoria & Albert Museum has appointed Helen Carman as director of learning and research. She will join later this month to lead a new department to focus on supporting design education across the country. 


Target Ovarian Cancer has appointed a new chair, Emma Kane, and two new trustees, Alexandra Cran-McGreehin and Andrew Harrison. Kane became a trustee in March 2015 and is the chief executive of Redleaf Communications. 

Joanna Barker founded the charity and is stepping down for a year. She said: “Good governance is essential for any successful organisation, and it is best practice for trustees to rotate off the board after a standard period. I’m proud of how much Target Ovarian Cancer and the ovarian cancer community have achieved in the past 10 years. I’m pleased to be handing over to such a talented team as we enter this period of opportunity, and look forward to returning to great progress.”

Mercy Ships has appointed Peter Ewins as treasurer. He has been on the board since December 2017 and has spent more than 15 years working with not-for-profits in senior roles, and has been responsible for functions such as finance, HR and IT. 

OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator, has appointed two new board members. Stephanie Fraser is chief executive of Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre and a trustee of Horsecross Arts in Perth. Jill Vickerman is the national director of the British Medical Association in Scotland. 

The positions were advertised in October 2017 and there were 140 applicants. 

Tariq Kazi has been appointed to the board of social housing provider Stonewater as non-executive director and finance committee chair. He is a chartered accountant and has worked extensively in senior leadership roles with the Department for Communities & Local Government and Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking Division.

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