Action on Hearing Loss appoints consultancy partner as deputy chief

Harriet Oppenheimer will take up the new role in November

Harriet Oppenheimer
Harriet Oppenheimer

Action on Hearing Loss has appointed a partner at a consulting company as its first deputy chief executive.

The charity said Harriet Oppenheimer, a partner at the technology, innovation and transformation firm PA Consulting, would take up the role in November.

Oppenheimer has worked for PA Consulting for the past 22 years, including more than 10 years as a partner and before that worked her way up through various ranks of management consultant.

Action on Hearing Loss said her appointment marked a move back to the charity sector, because she began her career setting up the Oxford branch of Bridge – a charity that organises community projects for disabled adults and disadvantaged children.

She is joint chair of NNLS, a community centre in London, and a volunteer for Refugees at Home, for which she hosts refugees from Syria, Eritrea, and Ethiopia.

Mark Atkinson, chief executive of Action on Hearing Loss, said Oppenheimer’s “exceptional experience as a senior leader across the health, government and non-for-profit sectors, combined with her beliefs and values, make her the ideal person to support me to lead our charity for the future”.

Atkinson revealed earlier this year that Action on Hearing Loss, formerly the RNID, had come close to running out of cash in 2018.

He said last year that the charity planned to sell off care services as it sought to pay off its debts and focus more on its campaigning and advisory roles.

In a statement about her appointment, Oppenheimer said: “I am proud and excited to be joining Action on Hearing Loss – particularly at such an important time for our charity.

“I have spent my career helping organisations achieve their ambitions, and I couldn’t be more passionate about working with you all to make the biggest possible difference to deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus.

“I am looking forward to pushing forward with our new strategy and working in partnership with our community to be relevant and impactful.”


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