Lesley-Anne Alexander is to retire from her role as chief executive of the RNIB. Alexander, 56, who has led the charity for 12 years and who will stand down later this year, said it "felt like the time to retire" from the charity. She was appointed CBE in 2012 and was recognised as Britain's Most Admired Charity Chief Executive in the Third Sector Awards last year. Alexander also spent six years as chair of the charity chief executives body Acevo.
Bryn Parry, chief executive of Help for Heroes, is to stand down by the end of the year. Parry, who founded the charity in 2007 with his wife Emma, said the couple would continue to work as ambassadors for the charity. Alex Scott-Barrett, chair of Help for Heroes, praised the Parrys, saying they had been central figures in the charity's success. He said the charity had started the formal process of finding Bryn Parry's successor.
The charity donation processing firm Valldata has been sold to its management team by its private equity owners for an undisclosed sum. Greg Michael, chief executive of Valldata, who led the buyout, said that he, Andy Skinner, the company's chief financial officer, and Adam Smith, its director of sales and marketing, received financial backing from a group of individual investors he declined to name. The company was previously purchased for £6.5m by the private equity firm Livingbridge in 2011. Michael said Valldata was not in financial difficulty and there would be no redundancies among the 175 staff employed by the two companies.