Charity Retail Association appoints Martin Blackwell as its next chief executive

Plus: Belinda Phipps, Rhidian Hughes, Anna Smee, Martyn Craddock and Andrea Cooper

Martin Blackwell
Martin Blackwell

The Charity Retail Association has appointed Blackwell as its next chief executive, to take up the role in January. He has been at the Association of Town & City Management for 10 years, the past four as chief executive. Previously he spent six years as head of Towns Alive, formerly Action for Market Towns.

Belinda Phipps is to leave the parenting charity NCT after 15 years as its chief executive. The board has started the process to appoint a new chief executive.

Rhidian Hughes has been appointed chief executive of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group. He joins from a senior consulting role and previously held positions in social care policy, regulation and research.

Anna Smee has been appointed chief executive of UK Youth.

She was director of ventures at the Young Foundation and has worked for Hundred Consulting as managing director. She will take up her new role in December.

The housing charity United St Saviour's has appointed Martyn Craddock as its new chief executive. He is currently chief executive of St Luke's Trust in Islington, north London, and will take up the new role in early 2015 when Jim Wintour retires.

Andrea Cooper has been appointed head of the Liverpool FC Foundation, the football club's official charity. She was chief executive of UpRising, a UK youth leadership development organisation.

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