Dignity in Dying names new chief executive

Pro-assisted dying charity Dignity in Dying has appointed Sarah Wootton, currently head of communications at the Equal Opportunities Commission, as its new chief executive.

Wootton, who spent seven years at the commission as part of a 17-year career in the public sector, succeeds Deborah Annetts, who has just been appointed as the new chief executive of YWCA England and Wales.

Nick Moore, chairman of Dignity in Dying, said Wootton’s experience of campaigning and the public sector would help fulfil the charity’s twin aims of raising its public profile and expanding its focus beyond campaigning for the legalisation of assisted death into other end-of-life issues such as living wills, access to palliative care and the right to die at home.

Wootton said she wanted to take the charity’s assisted death campaign to politicians in a “new and challenging way”.

She said: “Politically this is an exciting time, with a new Brown government and an opposition that is more engaged than any before with the need to appeal to the electorate on social issues.”

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