Friend's of the Earth's Craig Bennett among top 30 'social CEOs'

He is among several new entries to the list, which is in its third year

Craig Bennett, chief executive of Friends of the Earth
Craig Bennett, chief executive of Friends of the Earth

Craig Bennett from Friends of the Earth, Frances Crook from the Howard League for Penal Reform and Steve Ford of Parkinson’s UK were among the chief executives to make it onto this year’s list of the top 30 charity leaders on social media.

The names of this year’s top 30 "social CEOs" over the past year were revealed at an awards night at JustGiving’s headquarters in London, hosted by the marketing and digital communications consultant Zoe Amar and Matt Collins, managing director at the agency Platypus Digital.

Other new entrants onto this year’s list, which is not ranked, include Robert Meadowcroft of Muscular Dystrophy UK, Jessica Taplin of Get Connected, Liam Hackett of the anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label, Edel Harris of Scottish learning disability charity Cornerstone and Andrew Johnston of Christian youth charity The Boys’ Brigade.

Matt Stevenson-Dodd of the football charity Street League and Andy Winter of the Brighton Housing Trust also made it into the top 30 for the first time.

Three new awards were also introduced this year alongside the top 30: best senior leader, best trustee and the rising star award.

They were won respectively by Karl Wilding, director of public policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Leon Ward, Cardiff project manager at the youth leadership development organisation UpRising and trustee of the charities Brook and Plan International, and Angela Style, chair of the healthcare charity Endometriosis UK.

A total of 158 nominations were received for the awards, which were judged by a panel of charity chief executives and representatives from organisations including Twitter.

The idea for the "social CEOs" list, which is in its third year, was devised by Amar and Collins, who also launched a free guide today for the third year running – this time with JustGiving - to help charity leaders develop their use of social media.

Amar said: "2015’s winners have adopted digital as a natural part of how they live and work, using social media strategically to champion their cause, grow their organisation’s networks and to influence opinion. They show how charity leaders can use social media to help their charity’s brands punch above their weight and demonstrate the difference they make."

The top 30

Deborah Alsina, Bowel Cancer UK, @DeborahAlsina

Owen Barder, Centre for Global Development in Europe, @owenbarder

Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth, @CraigBennett3

Caron Bradshaw, CFG, @caronlb

Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss, @pbreckell

Stephen Cornish, MSF, @Stephen_Cornish

Frances Crook, Howard League for Penal Reform, @FrancesCrook

Mark Flanagan, Beating Bowel Cancer, @MarkFlannCEO

Steve Ford, Parkinson’s UK, @SteveGFord

Nicky Goulder, Create, @NickyGoulder

Liam Hackett, Ditch the Label, @DiageoLiam

Stephen Hale, Refugee Action, @SHaleGeneva

Edel Harris, Cornerstone, @Edelharris

Jon Hibbs, the Hibbs Lupus Trust, @hibbsy

Helena Holt, Devon Air Ambulance, @hgholt

Rhidian Hughes, VODG, @rhidianhughes

Andrew Johnston, the Boys’ Brigade, @boysbrigadeceo

Dalton Leong, the Children’s Trust, @DaltonLeong

Louise Macdonald, Young Scot, @Louisemac

John May, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, @johnccmay

Robert Meadowcroft, Muscular Dystrophy UK, @MDUK_Robert

Jo Smith, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, @JoSmithDWT

Matt Stevenson-Dodd, Street League, @Matt_SD

Ruth Sutherland, Samaritans, @SamaritansRuth

Jessica Taplin, Get Connected, @JessicaTaplin

Jeremy Taylor, National Voices, @JeremyTaylorNV

Jan Tregelles, Mencap, @JanTregelles

Peter Wanless, NSPCC, @PeterWanless

Andy Winter, Brighton Housing Trust, @AndyWinterBHT

Jo Youle, Missing People, @JoeyYoule

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