Who’s Moving: Y Care International, British Red Cross and more

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

Chief executive 

International relief and development agency Y Care International has appointed Leigh Daynes as its new chief executive. 

Daynes will join the international arm of the YMCA on 1 June 2018 from Greater London for the Blind where he was briefly chief executive. Prior to that, Daynes was executive director of Doctors of the World UK for over five years. 

He has also held senior policy and campaigning roles at both Plan International and with the British Red Cross. He has also worked as part of the International Committee of the Red Cross, based in Geneva. 

Andrew Fletcher has been appointed chief executive of children’s palliative care charity Together for Shorter Lives

Fletcher will replace incumbent chief executive Barbara Gelb, who is set to retire in June. He will take up his new role on 25 June, returning to the organisation he left in 2015. 

He is currently chief executive of community hospice provider Longfield, a position he’s held since 2015. Fletcher had joined Longfield from Together for Shorter Lives, where he’d been director of external affairs. 

The Association of NHS Charities has appointed Ellie Orton as its new chief executive. 

She will take up her new role on 2 July 2018, replacing Amanda Witherall, who is set to retire at the end of May, after more than nine years. 

Orton is currently chief executive of Kairos WWT in Coventry, a charity working with vulnerable and exploited women. 

Fundraising and communications

Paul Amadi has been appointed as chief supporter officer at the British Red Cross. Amadi’s role is a newly created one at the charity, and he will be responsible for leading on income generation as well as wider supporter engagement for the charity. 

The British Red Cross said the creation of the chief supporter officer role reflected its “desire to offer a great experience that inspires supporters to connect with the organisation at different stages of their life in different ways”. 

Amadi is currently executive director of fundraising and engagement at the MS Society, a role he’s held since 2015. Prior to that he was director of fundraising at both Diabetes UK and the NSPCC. He has also served as chair of the Institute of Fundraising, and is a founding member of the Black Fundraiser’s Network. 

Read the full story here. 

Finance and strategy

Fight for Sight has appointed Dr. Neil Ebenezer as its new director of research, policy and innovation. 

Ebenezer takes up his new role this month and will lead on the charity’s “programme of developing solutions for those who are or may be affected by sight loss”. 

Prior to joining Fight for Sight, Ebenezer was head of science and innovation at the Department of Transport. He also worked as an ophthalmologist at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology for 13 years. 

Non executive

Fiona Mactaggart has been appointed chair of the Fawcett Society. 

Mactaggart, a former Labour MP for Slough who was Home Office Minister and shadow minister for women and equalities, spent nearly 20 years in parliament but stood down before the last election. 

She takes up her new role at the gender equality and women’s rights charity, replacing Belinda Phipps who stood down earlier in 2018. 

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