St John Ambulance appoints new chief executive

Martin Houghton-Brown will join the first-aid charity in January

Martin Houghton-Brown
Martin Houghton-Brown

The first-aid charity St John Ambulance has appointed Martin Houghton-Brown, head of the youth homelessness charity Depaul UK, as chief executive.

Houghton-Brown, who has been chief executive of Depaul for the past five years, was previously chief executive of Missing People and deputy director of the Children’s Society.

He replaces Sue Killen, who stood down in August after 10 years in the role.

Houghton-Brown said in a statement that he had worked for some of Britain’s finest charities and joining St John Ambulance was a "dream come true".

He said: "I aspire to see volunteers increasing their role in building safe and healthy communities and I cannot think of a better place to realise that vision."

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said the charity did not wish to disclose how much Houghton-Brown would be paid. The charity’s most recently available annual report, for 2016, shows that the highest-paid individual, who is not named, was paid between £150,001 and £160,000 in that year.

The charity had an income of £102.5m in 2016, employs about 1,700 people and has more than 30,000 volunteers, according to details filed with the Charity Commission. 

Houghton-Brown will take up his new role on 1 January. 

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