Movers: Gillian Morbey leaves Sense after eight years at the helm

Plus: Andrew Fletcher takes the top job at Together for Short Lives; Emma Thomas is the new chief at YoungMinds and more

Gillian Morbey
Gillian Morbey

Gillian Morbey is to step down this summer after eight years as chief executive of the deaf-blind charity Sense. Morbey, who led Sense Scotland before joining Sense, will be succeeded by Richard Kramer, the charity’s deputy chief executive. Morbey will continue to work for the disability charity part-time.

The children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives has appointed Andrew Fletcher as chief executive. Fletcher, chief executive of the community hospice care charity Longfield, will succeed Barbara Gelb, who is retiring in June.

The young people's mental health charity YoungMinds has named Emma Thomas as chief executive. Thomas, a charity sector consultant, is a former chief executive of YouthNet (now The Mix, following a merger with Get Connected). She will join in July and replaces Sarah Brennan, who is stepping down after 11 years in the role.

The Association of NHS Charities has appointed Ellie Orton as chief executive. Orton, who will join in July from the same position at the women’s charity Kairos WWT, will succeed Amanda Witherall, who is retiring after nine years in the role.

Svetlana Kirov has joined the Carers Trust as director of fundraising. Kirov was previously a fundraising consultant at Samaritans. She replaces Giles Meyer, who was promoted to chief executive.

Iain Frame will succeed Karen Kennedy as chief executive of the National Cancer Research Institute, which is a UK-wide partnership of research funders that collaborate on cancer-related research. Frame is director of research at Prostate Cancer UK, an NCRI partner organisation, and is an NCRI trustee.

Comic Relief has appointed Mel Crawford as its new head of creative for Red Nose Day and Comic Relief. Crawford's previous roles include working as a development executive and director on pilots and first series of shows including Deal or No Deal, Secret Eaters and One Born Every Minute.

James Elliott has joined the international type 1 diabetes charity JDRF as director of fundraising. Elliott, who was previously deputy head of regional fundraising at the Alzheimer's Society, succeeds Dean Benton, who has retired.

Meryl Davies this month took the reins as chief executive of Contact the Elderly, which tackles loneliness among older people. Davies was chief executive of Habitat for Humanity Great Britain.

Lucie Russell has joined the Barrow Cadbury Trust as director of the charity's anti-poverty campaign Fair by Design. Russell was previously head of communications and policy at the Young Foundation. The trust has also appointed Laurie Hunte as its new criminal justice programme manager.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians, a not-for-profit professional body for UK musicians, has appointed Sarah Osborn, the former chief executive of the Music Publishers Association, as head of services and operations.

Ann Brogan, the longest-serving staff member at the Sailors' Society, has retired after 26 years with the organisation. She was the Southampton-based charity’s head of programme support and executive relations

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