Grant-maker reveals new chief executive

Deborah Layde has worked for The Seafarers' Charity for almost 10 years

Deborah Layde
Deborah Layde

The Seafarers’ Charity has promoted Deborah Layde to chief executive. 

Layde, who is director of impact at the charity, will take up the role early next month, succeeding Catherine Spencer.

Layde has also been grants director and grants manager at the charity, where she has worked for almost 10 years. 

Before this, Layde worked for the Small Charities Coalition and as a fundraising consultant with Media Trust, as well as for the private childcare firm Child Base.

Spencer announced in April that she was leaving the charity to become chief executive of the medical research organisation Cochrane.

The Seafarers Charity makes grants to help people who make their living at sea. It spent just under £10m in the past two years, according to its latest filings with the Charity Commission.

Layde, who led the charity’s work developing a new grant-making strategy, said she was proud to have been chosen for the position.

“My ambition is to ensure that our charity always acts as a champion for everyone who works at sea,” she said.

Spencer said: “I am thrilled that Deborah’s talent, expertise and capability have been recognised.

“There is no way we could have achieved what we have over the last three years without her experience and drive.

“I am delighted to be handing over to someone with a track record of making lives better for seafarers.”

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