British Heart Foundation appoints former director as its next chief executive

Charmaine Griffiths previously spent more than 12 years at the charity in a variety of roles

Charmaine Griffiths
Charmaine Griffiths

The British Heart Foundation has appointed one of its former directors as its next chief executive.

The charity said Charmaine Griffiths, who spent 12 years at the BHF in various roles until 2016, would be returning to the charity to succeed Simon Gillespie in February.

Gillespie announced in July that he would retire at the end of the year after more than six years in the role.

Griffiths, who has been chief operating officer at the Institute of Cancer Research since leaving the BHF, worked her way up from media manager to become executive director of strategy and performance between October 2013 and February 2016.

She will be paid a basic salary of £189,000 a year for the role.

Gillespie’s total remuneration in the year to the end of March this year was £211,105, including a basic salary of £183,475, the charity’s annual accounts show.

Carolan Davidge, director of marketing and engagement at the BHF, will become the charity’s interim chief executive from 31 December, when Gillespie steps down, to when Griffiths takes up her role on 10 February.

Doug Gurr, chair of the BHF, said: "Charmaine’s broad experience in science, health and operations is impressive and combines the perfect skillset to head our world-leading charity."

Griffiths said she was delighted to return to the BHF.

"I’m passionate about the life-saving work of the charity and it is a privilege to be rejoining the team of staff, volunteers and supporters at the outset of an exciting new strategy," she said.

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