Key Appointments in Social Impact

Saxton Bampfylde and its partners around the world through Panorama advise many recognised charities and social impact organisations. We are delighted to share with you a selection of some of the roles that we have been privileged to work on recently.

UN Women NC UK, Chair

Baroness Sandip Verma has been appointed as the new Chair for UN Women National Committee UK, replacing Laura Haynes. Starting 24th September, Baroness Verma shall hold the office for three years, and will be joining newly appointed trustees Francesca Boldrini, Randall Peterson, Carol Rosati and Red Godfrey-Sagoo.


Plan International, Chief Executive

Global children’s charity Plan International UK has appointed Rose Caldwell as its incoming Chief Executive. Rose joins the organisation from Concern Worldwide (UK), where she has been Executive Director for the last 10 years. Rose has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles in the not for profit sector, including as the Finance Director of a mental health charity and as Assistant Director for the Refugee Housing Association.


Nesta, Chief Executive

Nesta, the UK’s leading innovation foundation, is pleased to announce that Ravi Gurumurthy will join as its new Chief Executive at the end of the year. Ravi Gurumurthy, currently Chief Innovation Officer and founder of the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee in New York, will replace Geoff Mulgan, who has led Nesta since 2011.


British Heart Foundation, Chief Technology Officer

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has named Ursula Dolton as its first Chief of Technology. The role of Chief Technology Officer is a newly-created executive position as the BHF launches its new strategy to harness innovation and technology as a key accelerator improving all areas of the charity’s work.


British Red Cross, Chief People Officer

Dorothy Brown was appointed Chief People Officer at the British Red Cross in June 2019.  Prior to joining the British Red Cross, Dororthy held a number of senior HR and senior operational positions in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. Dorothy has also worked in the Ministry of Justice where she was the HR director for Her Majesty’s Courts Service. Dorothy is a trustee at Phoenix Futures, a charity specialising in supporting people through rehabilitation following drug and alcohol addiction.


RNLI, Chief Executive

Mark Dowie, appointed Chief Executive in May 2019, is a former naval officer and company director. A keen sailor, he was also Lifeboat Operations Manager at Salcombe Lifeboat Station for 2 years. Mark brings with him significant corporate leadership experience having been a senior commercial and investment banking professional who was most recently Chief Executive Officer, Corporate and Institutional Bank at Standard Chartered Bank.


Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Chief Executive

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) children’s charity has appointed Louise Parkes as its new CEO. Louise replaced Tim Johnson and took up the position on 1 May.
Louise joined the charity from Barnardo’s where she was corporate director for income and innovation.


Year Up, USA, President

After an extensive nationwide search, Year Up has named Cyril Turner as its next President. Turner will succeed Garett Moran, who led the organization’s growth and expansion for more than 5 years. Turner comes to Year Up from Delta Air Lines, Inc., where he was President of Delta Global Services and Delta Private Jets. He also oversaw Delta Connection, overseeing six regional airlines for Delta, including Compass, ExpressJet, GoJet, Republic and SkyWest, as well as Delta’s wholly owned subsidiary, Endeavor Air.


Action for Children, Chair

Action for Children have appointed Sarika Patel as their new Chair. Sakira is a business leader with nearly 30 years of public, private organisational experience. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Marketer. She is also a graduate in law. She is an international business leader. Her experience includes leading large multi-sited teams, corporate development and finance, acquiring, integrating and developing businesses as well as company restructuring and turnaround.

Saxton Bampfylde – Diversity Leadership Appointments

Diversity is extremely important to us and we are always endeavoring to increase the diversity of our appointments in every sense.

  • In the past two years we have made more than 140 appointments in the charity sector
  • 52% of our non-executive appointments resulted in a female candidate
  • 21% of candidates appointed to non-executive roles are from an ethnic minority background
  • Women were appointed to 49% of our executive roles
  • 9% of the executive appointments we have made in the past 2 years are from BAME background
  • 3% registered with a disability.



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