New director of fundraising and engagement for JDRF UK and other movers

Here’s our latest roundup of appointments in the sector, including a new Director of Fundraising and Engagement for JDRF UK and a Co-Chief Executive at Birthrights.

Jude Williams

New Chairman of the Trustees and Trustee for the Winch

Camden Children’s Charity the winch appointed a new chairman of the directors, Jude Williams, and a new director, Ignacio Reinoso. Williams has extensive experience supporting children, young people and their families, both in the UK and overseas. She is Managing Director of Literacy Pirates and previously ran a youth-focused international development charity. Reinoso works for Adobe, as Senior Technical Account Manager. He has previously volunteered for charities in Spain, Ecuador and India, supporting families and young people facing multiple challenges. He brings a wealth of digital and business expertise to the charity’s work and is a former resident of Camden.

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Birthrights appoints joint chief executives

birth rights appointed Shanthi Gunesekera and Janaki Mahadevan as co-chief executives, on a job-share from January 2023. Gunesekera and Mahadevan join Birthrights following the resignation of Amy Gibbs in July 2022. They previously worked as Job Sharing at the helm of the Greater London Authority (GLA)’s policy and programs delivered under the Mayor of London’s Social Inclusion Strategy. Before that, Mahadevan was policy and public affairs officer at the London Borough of Newham and previously worked as a journalist for publications such as Children & Young People Now. Gunesekera led migration policy at the Greater London Authority under the former mayor, and before that worked in the London Borough of Enfield on program and change management, and on equalities.


Andre Cornwall

Three new administrators for the Alzheimer Society

Three trustees, each with lived experience of dementia, joined Alzheimer Society. Chris Maddocks was diagnosed with vascular dementia praecox at the age of 60 in 2016, since then she has also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. She is an active activist, ambassador for the Alzheimer Society and uses her own personal experiences to educate professionals and the public about the realities of living with the disease. Patrick Figgis has witnessed family members with dementia and served on numerous charity boards for over 20 years, including as chairman of Bowel Cancer UK. He joins the Board of Directors as Chairman of its Insurance, Audit and Risk Committee. Andrew Cornwall has been a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society for 20 years, supporting research, fundraising and delivering Friends of Dementia information sessions.


JDRF UK welcomes Terence Lovell as Director of Fundraising and Engagement

Terence Lovell joined JDRF United Kingdom as the new Director of Fundraising and Engagement. Most recently, Lovell was Director of Engagement and Marketing at Anthony Nolan. There, he was responsible for increasing voluntary revenue, raising awareness and growing the stem cell donor registry, as well as driving digital transformation and developing organizational strategy. Lovell has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. He built his career at Barnardo’s, Save the Children where he was deputy director for supporters and communities, and Teach First where he was director of development.


Belinda Wadsworth takes the reins of People Against Poverty

Val Huxley has resigned as CEO of People Against Poverty, taking on a new role as Mission Director with Belinda Wadsworth taking over. Wadworth has held senior positions in a variety of national and international charities over the past 25 years, including Age UK and Arthritis Research UK, as well as global charities operating in disaster relief and recovery, refugee support and livelihood development. James Baker has been appointed as the charity’s new director of development and will work alongside Huxley and Wadworth to strategically grow the charity’s supporters and revenue streams, including further developing the Enterprise Against Poverty philanthropic community.


Big Society Capital appoints Stan Chan non-executive board member

Subject to regulatory approval, Chan will join Capital of big society having held trustee positions in several social organizations after a career in finance. He trained as a public accountant while working in management consulting at Coopers & Lybrand and has spent the better part of the past decade advising commercial and non-profit clients on financial strategy, fundraising capital, cash flow planning and risk management. Chan is currently a board member of the six CBF Church of England investment funds, through which he oversees around £3bn of investments, and holds a number of other voluntary roles. He will join the board in Big Society Capital’s tenth anniversary year and his appointment follows Robin Hindle Fisher taking over as chairman from Sir Harvey McGrath in June.


Judith Batchelar joins Farm Aid as an ambassador

Judith Batchelar OBE, who was previously Sainsbury’s brand director at J Sainsbury plc, has announced she is becoming an ambassador for the charity Farm Africa. Having previously served as a Farm Africa Trustee and playing a key role in setting up Farm Africa’s Food for Good network for the agribusiness and agriculture industry, she has been a strong supporter of the association’s work for over a decade. . Batchelar previously worked for Safeway, Marks and Spencer, Mars Confectionery and Bass plc. She is also Vice-Chair, Non-Executive Board Member of the Environment Agency and an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust. From 2013 to 2018, she chaired the Food and Beverage Sector Council’s Innovation Task Force.