Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, is to stand down because of health issues. Hawkhead, who joined the charity in 2014, will step down next month because the health concerns, which the charity said were resolvable, required him to take a break from a full-time role. Carol Iddon, managing director for children’s services at the charity, will become interim chief executive while a permanent successor to Hawkhead is sought.
Peter Hepburn, chief executive of Cats Protection, will leave the charity next month after almost 11 years in the role. The charity said Hepburn was "keen to explore new avenues of work" but planned to maintain his connections with animal welfare and the wider charity sector.
The homelessness charity Depaul UK has appointed Mike Thiedke as chief executive. He will join in May from Plan International UK, where he is director of public engagement.
Sarah Brennan, chief executive of the children’s mental health charity YoungMinds, has said she will leave the charity in May. Brennan, who has led the charity since 2007, said she planned to take a short career break before exploring other opportunities.
Orla Fee has joined ActionAid as director of communications and public engagement. She was head of corporate communications at the membership body the Royal College of Physicians.
Craig Sanderson, chief executive of the housing and support charity the Link Group, has announced that he will retire later this year after 43 years with the charity. He has been chief executive of the organisation for the past 30 years.