Liz Tait to join Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

The fundraising director at the Teenage Cancer Trust will join in September in the new role of director of fundraising

Liz Tait

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity has appointed Liz Tait as director of fundraising.

In a statement issued this morning, the children’s charity said Tait, who is fundraising director at the Teenage Cancer Trust, would take up the position, which is a new role, in September.

Tait, who is a well-known face in the fundraising community, will lead a broad range of fundraising functions to grow and diversify the charity’s income.

She is also a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising and chairs its standards advisory board.

Previously, Tait spent eight years at the animal welfare charity Battersea: under her leadership the charity’s income grew from £10m to nearly £40m.

Tait, who has also held senior marketing roles at the British Red Cross, Sense and Plan UK, said: “The hospital is a much-loved national institution, and as a fundraiser I am so inspired at the thought of supporting the children, young people and families that it cares for. 

“The sector is facing a challenging time with the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on fundraising, but I am looking forward to joining a fantastic team and I can’t wait to start working alongside them to meet this challenge.”

The chief executive of the TCT, Kate Collins, revealed that the charity was recruiting a new director of fundraising in a series of tweets last week.

Gosh has also appointed Bill Cunningham as director of finance and resources.

Cunningham, who has been chief operating officer at Plan International UK since 2013, will join the charity in September.

He has previously worked at Save the Children UK and British Airways. 

The charity said it had bolstered its leadership team to help drive forward the organisation’s new and ambitious five-year strategy.

Louise Parkes, chief executive of the charity, said: “Liz and Bill bring with them a wealth of experience across fundraising, finance and resources, and their skills and expertise will be crucial in helping the organisation deliver on its new five-year strategy and the many other exciting opportunities we have on the horizon. 

“Like other charities, the coronavirus crisis has affected some of our fundraising activity, but it has also provided new and innovative ways for us to fundraise at a time when the hospital needs our support more than ever. I am thrilled that we have attracted such talent to our senior leadership team to help us seize these new opportunities.”

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