RNIB appoints fundraising director

Chris Jarrett will join in the new year from Sense

Chris Jarrett

The sight-loss charity RNIB has appointed Chris Jarrett as director of fundraising. 

Jarrett will join in January from the deafblind charity Sense, where he has spent the past four years as group director of engagement and trading. 

He succeeds Alex McDowell, the RNIB’s head of public fundraising who had been acting director of fundraising since the position was created earlier this year. 

McDowell left in October after five years at the charity to become director of fundraising at Revitalise, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers. 

The director of fundraising is the top role in a new fundraising directorate at the RNIB. 

Before joining Sense, Jarrett held roles at charities including Make-A-Wish International, the NSPCC, Samaritans, the British Heart Foundation and The Prince’s Trust.

He said: "I'm thrilled to join RNIB at such an exciting time for the charity. 

“We’re in a fantastic position to drive a step change in public engagement and income generation over the coming years, supporting RNIB’s vision of a world where blind and partially sighted people can participate equally.”

Matt Stringer, chief executive of the charity, said: “Chris has extensive experience within the charity sector and will play an important role in leading the fundraising directorate as RNIB works towards breaking down barriers for people with sight loss.”

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