Louise Parkes appointed chief executive of Great Ormond St Hospital Children's Charity

The corporate director for income and innovation at Barnardo's will take up the role in May

Louise Parkes
Louise Parkes

The senior fundraiser Louise Parkes has been appointed as the next chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Parkes, who has been corporate director for income and innovation at Barnardo’s for the past three years, will take up the role in May. She will replace Tim Johnson, who has been in the post since 2008.

Johnson will step down at the end of March to take up a position with the fundraising consultancy the More Partnership. 

Parkes has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 20 years and has led the fundraising directorates at major charities including the British Heart Foundation and Shelter

She has also worked at Help the Aged, Age UKCancer Research UK and the National Deaf Children's Society.

John Connolly, chair of Gosh Children's Charity, said in a statement that Parkes would bring "considerable experience in fundraising and leadership" to the charity.

In a statement, Parkes said she was joining the charity at an exciting time.

"I have seen first-hand the extraordinary work the hospital makes to the lives of seriously ill children and I look forward to leading the charity to continue its endeavour to support one of the best children’s hospitals in the world," she said.

A spokeswoman for the charity said Parkes's salary would be confirmed in the charity's annual report, which would be published next year. 

Johnson was paid between £150,000 and £159,999 a year, the charity’s accounts for the year to the end of March 2018 show.

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