Guide Dogs hires a new CEO at crucial restructuring point

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has appointed Bridget Warr as its new chief executive with effect from April. Warr joins from Scope where she was executive director and succeeds Geraldine Peacock, who left last summer to become a charity commissioner.

Warr joins Guide Dogs as it is approaching the end of a restructuring process to improve service delivery and bring the organisation back into the black after it lost £20m on the stock market in 2002.

"One of the biggest challenges will be maintaining staff morale," said Warr. "But there is a real commitment throughout the organisation to tackle the problems and the charity is poised to move forward, which will be a great help."

- Humanitarian organisation Care International has also appointed a new chief executive to replace Will Day, who is leaving after eight years in the role. Geoffrey Dennis, currently chief executive of Friends of the Elderly, will take the helm at Care in April.

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