Ruth Davison appointed chief executive of Refuge

The interim head of Comic Relief will take up the role in April

Ruth Davison
Ruth Davison

Ruth Davison, interim chief executive at Comic Relief, has been appointed to the top job at the domestic abuse charity Refuge. 

Davison, who has held senior positions at charities including Christian Aid, the Canal & River Trust, Friends of the Earth and Crisis, succeeds Sandra Horley, who retired in October after 37 years in the role

Davison is in her second stint as interim chief executive at Comic Relief, having acted up to the role from the position of director of impact and investment after the departure of Liz Warner in December 2019, and again from March last year, when Alex Reid stepped down after just three weeks in the role

Davison is a trustee of Greenpeace UK and previously spent two-and-a-half years on the board of Oxfam GB. 

Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, chair of Refuge, said Davison would bring a “wealth of experience, expertise and insights and a deep commitment to addressing domestic abuse and inequality”. 

She said: “I have no doubt that Ruth’s inspirational leadership skills and her proven commitment to diversity and inclusivity will drive and build Refuge, and the broader violence against women and girls sector, to a sustainable future.”

Davison said: “I am a firm believer that no one should live in fear of violence, intimidation or control, and it has been deeply alarming to see the rise in domestic abuse during the pandemic. 

“The outstanding services and support of Refuge will play a crucial role in helping some of the most vulnerable women and families throughout the Covid-19 recovery.”

Davison will take up the role on 12 April.

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