Media Trust, the UK’s leading communications charity, has appointed Su-Mei Thompson as the charity’s new Chief Executive. Su-Mei, will take up the position in September 2017, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge both from the media sector and from the non-profit space. Her appointment follows eight years as CEO at The Women’s Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Hong Kong. She has held senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s in Asia. Su-Mei has led The Women’s Foundation from a small founder-led operation into an organisation that is today recognised as one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic and impactful NGOs.
She joins Media Trust with a brief to drive a five-year growth strategy to scale up media volunteer engagement, working in partnership with the media industry to provide volunteer skills, mentoring and other resources to the many charitable organisations and marginalised communities that need expert communications support.
Bond, the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development, has appointed Tamsyn Barton, formerly of DFID and the European Investment Bank, as its new Chief Executive. Tamsyn joins Bond after a long and varied career in international development which began in the early 90s with a year of voluntary work in South India. She spent 13 years working for ODA/DFID, starting as a social development adviser. She was the lead drafter of DFID policy papers on infrastructure, trade and conflict prevention as well as working to draft the paper on DFID’s work with the EU.
In 2010 she moved to the European Investment Bank (EIB) as director-general. She represented the EIB on the Board of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.
Genesis Housing Association has appointed Dipesh Shah OBE to be its new Chair. Dipesh joins at an important time as Genesis steps up the delivery of its five year Corporate Strategy. Dipesh has had a diverse executive career in the energy sector, holding varied roles during nearly thirty years at BP and thereafter serving as the Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
Alongside this, he has a wide portfolio of past and present non-executive roles in infrastructure organisations, and currently chairs the Investment Committee of the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure (the Marguerite Fund). He acts as the Main Board Commissioner for the Crown Estate, and is on the board of Thames Water. He previously has chaired the energy company Viridian Group PLC and served on the Board of Babcock International Group PLC and Lloyds of London. He received an OBE in the Queen’s 2007 New Year’s Honour List. Dipesh will be taking over from Charles Gurassa, who has been Genesis Chairman since 2010.
WaterAid has appointed Tim Wainwright as its new Chief Executive. Tim takes over the role from Barbara Frost who retired in May. For the past six years Tim has been Chief Executive of ADD (Action on Disability and Development) International, an NGO working to promote independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in poverty in Africa and Asia. During his time at ADD, the organisation has played a pivotal role in putting disability on the international agenda – globally in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, in the UK in partnership with the Department for International Development and in the countries in Africa and Asia where ADD works.
Teach India has appointed Aakanksha Gulati as Director. Aakanksha joins Teach India from Markshanks, an educational technology start-up. She previously worked with The Boston Consulting Group responsible for Credit Strategy, Organisational Transformation and pre-merger planning for banking sector clients and also as a Consultant for Strategic Planning for one of the largest global children’s development NGOs. Prior to Boston Consulting, she worked with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods as an Assistant Vice President. Aakanksha started her career with Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital as an Analyst for Securitisation and Mortgage Trading Desk, based in New York.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organisation, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, has selected civil rights litigator and advocate Vanita Gupta to assume the leadership of both organisations. Gupta, who most recently served in President Obama’s administration as the head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, will officially begin in June 2017.
Obama appointed Gupta as principal deputy assistant attorney general and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in October 2014, where she served until January. As the nation’s chief civil rights prosecutor during one of the division’s highest profile and most productive eras, Gupta oversaw a wide range of criminal and civil enforcement efforts to ensure equal justice and protect equal opportunity for all.
Sonal Mehta has become India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s next CEO, succeeding James Robertson who has served in the role since 2010. With almost three decades of experience in HIV, sexual health and development, Mehta was previously Alliance India’s Director of Policy & Programmes and had been in that role since 2007. A passionate and effective leader, she has played a key role in the organisation’s expansion, developing and implementing innovative programme models that have achieved unprecedented impact at national scale through strong collaborations with a range of stakeholders, including affected communities, government, and donors.
In addition to her many leadership contributions to Alliance India, Mehta has had extensive involvement in the country’s civil society and government sectors, including earlier stints with SEWA, CHETNA, Gujarat State AIDS Control Society, NACO, and DFID, as well as overseas with the Pacific Institute of Women’s Health in Los Angeles, USA.