Movers: Loretta Minghella to leave Christian Aid

Plus: Sophie Castell to join the RNIB, Elvira Meucci-Lyons takes up role at the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Polly Curtis to move on from the British Red Cross

Loretta Minghella
Loretta Minghella

Loretta Minghella, chief executive of Christian Aid, is to be the next First Church Estates Commissioner. The commissioner, who is appointed by the queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, chairs the Church Commissioners assets committee, which is responsible for a £7.9bn investment portfolio. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, described Minghella as "a hugely skilled and distinguished leader with an exceptional record of service". 

Polly Curtis is leaving her position as director of media at the British Red Cross to become editor-in-chief at HuffPost UK. Curtis, former digital editor of the Guardian, joined the British Red Cross in January this year.

The sightloss charity RNIB has appointed Sophie Castell to the newly created role of relationships director. Castell, who was previously director of marketing, communications and fundraising at the Canal & River Trust, has returned to RNIB having previously led the organisation’s marketing and brand teams in 2008. 

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has appointed Elvira Meucci-Lyons as director of fundraising. Meucci-Lyons, who was previously director of fundraising at domestic violence charity Refuge, has headed campaigning and fundraising teams for several other major charities, including Shelter and Dogs Trust.

Willow, which provides special days for 16 to 40 year-olds with life-threatening illnesses, has appointed Jonathan Aves as chief executive. Aves, who has worked in the charity sector for 16 years, leaves Hertfordshire Community Foundation, where he was director.  He also held senior fundraising positions at the Royal College of Surgeons and the Natural History Museum.

Alison McNamara has joined Asthma UK as director of people and organisational development. She was previously organisational development lead at the housing association Viridian.

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