Ellie Gray has been appointed director of development, at the RNID.

Gray joins after 10 years at the Prince's Trust, where she started out as corporate development manager and moved through a variety of jobs before taking on the dual roles of deputy commercial director and managing director of the Prince's Trust Trading.

She was previously arts developments manager at television company Granada and on the management committee of the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.

She said: "RNID is a great brand with a fantastic senior management reputation. However, progress can be made. I'd like to maintain existing funding streams and build up fundraising from corporate and major donors."

Richard Green has been appointed chief executive of the Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Green was director of communications at the Motor Neurone Disease Association for six years. He joins following the death of Anita Macaulay, who founded the charity in 1985.

Susan Watt has taken up the new post of development director for ProjectScotland, the volunteering organisation for young people in Scotland. She previously worked as partnership manager for the charity and, before that, was head of sales operations and development at Scottish Provident.

Vincent Acheson
has joined East Anglian Air Ambulance as its first commercial director. He joins from leadership charity Common Purpose, where he worked as programme director for Suffolk. Acheson has also served in the armed forces as an interpreter employed in arms control work.

Nigel Dumbrell
has been appointed to the new role of corporate partnerships manager with the Child Accident Prevention Trust. He joins after two years as a freelance consultant.

Bridget Gardiner
has been made director of fundraising and marketing at the National Society for Epilepsy. She joins from Richard House Children's Hospice in London's Docklands, where she performed the same role.

Richard Glossop
has joined learning disabilities charity HFT, formerly the Home Farm Trust, as building services engineer and energy manager. He previously worked as a building services engineer for Bristol City Council.

Ann Macfarlane and Jenny Owen
are to join the board of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Macfarlane received an MBE for her work in disability rights and equalities. Owen is director of adult social care for Essex County Council.

David Prescott
has been made chairman of the Charity Employees Benevolent Fund. He was previously deputy chief executive and secretary of BEN, the motor industry's benevolent fund, and a visiting fellow in charities administration at London South Bank University.

Ian Russell is the new non-executive chair of Remploy, the employment charity for disabled people. He was previously chief executive of Scottish Power and chaired the Russell Commission, set up to develop a framework for youth volunteering.

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