Catherine Spencer will step down as The Seafarers’ Charity chief executive in July, after leading the organisation for three years.
The Seafarers’ Charity, previously known as Seafarers UK, supports seafarers and their families.
Before joining the organisation in 2019, Spencer spent the three years as director of communications and change management at Bangladesh-based health research organisation icddr,b.
She will be joining the medical research organisation Cochrane as chief executive following her departure from The Seafarers’ Charity.
Spencer said: “I am thrilled to be returning to a public health organisation and very much look forward to the opportunity.”
She went on to say: “I am fortunate to work with a fantastic team and board of trustees at The Seafarers’ Charity. Together we’ve made meaningful changes that are making significant improvements to the lives of seafarers. It’s a great charity to work for and I know my dedicated colleagues will continue to innovate and create new ways of supporting seafarers now and into the future.”
Paul Butterworth, chair of the general council at The Seafarers’ Charity, said: “Catherine has been our chief executive for nearly three years, during the most testing time for any organisation – including The Seafarers’ Charity – and she will be missed greatly. Our deepest thanks and our very best wishes as she embarks on the next phase of her career.”
The Seafarers’ Charity said the recruitment process for the next chief executive is underway and will be advertised shortly.