ShelterBox hires replacement for dismissed founder Tom Henderson

Alison Wallace to join from Amnesty as chief executive, while her predecessor awaits a date for his wrongful dismissal hearing

Alison Wallace
Alison Wallace

The international relief charity ShelterBox has appointed a chief executive to replace its founder, who was dismissed last year by trustees for gross misconduct.

Alison Wallace is due to join the charity on 15 April from Amnesty International, where she has been director of international fundraising for seven years.

She replaces Tom Henderson, who founded the Cornwall-based charity in 2000 but was dismissed for gross misconduct last July after a row over an allegation that he tried to place an order worth £650,000 with a company connected to his son, John.

Henderson is appealing the decision to remove him as chief executive and has lodged an employment tribunal claim for wrongful dismissal. A date is yet to be set for the hearing, which is due to take place at Exeter Employment Tribunal.

Wallace was responsible for Amnesty’s first global fundraising strategy in 2010 and recently relaunched a global major donor fundraising programme for the human rights organisation, ShelterBox said. She previously worked as director of communications and fundraising at Friends of the Earth.

Rob John, chairman of ShelterBox, said in a statement: "The trustees were looking for an outstanding leader who possessed a track record in fundraising and strategy development relevant to our very special charity.

"Wallace is an excellent communicator and team player, and we welcome her most warmly into our ShelterBox family."

Wallace added: "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to lead ShelterBox and its dedicated team of staff and volunteers on the next stage of its growth, and to bring shelter, warmth and dignity to more people more quickly in times of crisis."

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