Rita Akushie appointed chief financial officer of Cancer Research UK

She joins from Sovereign Housing Association and will replace Nigel Armitt

Rita Akushie
Rita Akushie

Cancer Research UK has appointed Rita Akushie as chief financial officer.

She will join in January after more than 20 years working in finance roles at social landlords, having held senior positions at Thames Valley Housing Association, Newlon Housing Trust and, most recently, Sovereign Housing Association, where she has been interim chief finance officer since October.

She will replace Nigel Armitt, who was appointed interim chief financial officer at the charity after the departure of Ian Kenyon, who joined the research support body UK Research and Innovation as chief financial officer last year.

"It’s a real privilege to be joining one of the UK’s leading charities and to contribute to its mission to see three in four people survive their cancer by 2034," said Akushie in a statement today.

"I have a lot of experience leading large teams in the private sector and I look forward to bringing my expertise to Cancer Research UK."

Research conducted by Third Sector last year found that only 10 per cent of senior managers among a sample of 50 large charities were non-white, despite non-white people making up 40 per cent of those living in London, where most of the largest charities are based.

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