Animal charity Blue Cross appoints new chief executive

Chris Burghes, who has been chief executive of the Royal Free Charity since 2010, succeeds Sally de la Bedoyere

Chris Burghes
Chris Burghes

The animal charity Blue Cross has appointed Chris Burghes as its next chief executive.

Burghes has been chief executive of the Royal Free Charity, the charitable arm of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, since 2010.

He will succeed Sally de la Bedoyere, who announced she would retire in June after five years at Blue Cross.

De la Bedoyere was previously chief executive of the regulatory body formerly known as the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, which was merged into the Institute of Fundraising in 2016.

Burghes, who will join the Blue Cross in June before de la Bedoyere steps down at the end of the month, was director of business development at the Fire Fighters Charity before joining the Royal Free. He previously spent eight years at the National Farmers Union.

“It is a wonderful time to join the charity and lead the organisation in the next stage of its strategy, building on its renowned reputation for providing unique and holistic services to pets and their owners,” he said.

“I have been incredibly impressed with what I have seen so far, which is a credit to the trustees, staff and volunteers at Blue Cross.

“I truly believe that pets change lives and I’ll be proud to lead the charity and help more pets and their owners in the future.”

Burghes was shortlisted for the Charity Chief Executive award at the Third Sector Awards in 2018.

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