Rachel Kirby-Rider promoted to chief executive at Clic Sargent

She succeeds Kate Lee, having been the charity's director of income and engagement

Rachel Kirby-Rider
Rachel Kirby-Rider

Clic Sargent has promoted Rachel Kirby-Rider to chief executive.

Kirby-Rider, who was the charity’s director of income and engagement, had a brief spell as interim chief executive after Kate Lee moved to the top job at the Alzheimer’s Society.

Lee succeeded Jeremy Hughes, who was due to join Samaritans as chief executive, but his appointment was cancelled last month after claims that he demonstrated bullying behaviour were published in The Guardian newspaper.

Kirby-Rider joined Clic Sargent in 2015 as interim director of fundraising before being appointed to the role on a permanent basis. She became the charity’s director of income and engagement in September 2016.

She previously spent time as executive director of fundraising and communications at Samaritans and before that was head of corporate and community fundraising at Diabetes UK.

Sir David Haslam, chair of Clic Sargent, said: “Rachel’s calm leadership as interim chief executive through one of the most serious crises in modern history has been hugely impressive, and she takes on this new position at a time where young cancer patients and their families need Clic Sargent’s support more than ever.

“I am confident that Rachel is the right person to lead the charity through these difficult times and am very much looking forward to working with her.”

Kirby-Rider said she was privileged to be asked to lead the charity through extremely challenging times.

“The impact of coronavirus is being felt by each and every one of us, none more so than the young cancer patients and families we support,” she said.

“The need for our support is growing, yet we are faced with a huge fall in donations that we depend on to keep our vital services running.

“Clic Sargent will continue to call on the government for more support for charities, so that no young cancer patients or their families have to face this alone.”

Charities have been calling on the government to provide urgent funding to support charities after it was estimated that the sector faced losing £4.3bn of income over the next three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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