logo_1Leading disability charity Papworth Trust has begun the New Year by announcing a new senior team to lead the charity into its centenary year.

Chief Executive Vicky McDermott has appointed two new directors following a restructure of senior management and directors.

The new directors have worked at senior levels across the private, public and charity sectors and will build upon the significant experience provided by the  existing Director of Operations, Helena Harris.

Jacqui Penalver has been appointed as the Trust’s new Transformation Director, leading change at Papworth Trust.  She has worked in leadership roles in a number of national disability charities including Scope, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Sense. Her career has included leading on a number of significant change programmes – Jacqui has a strong track record in transformation.

Mark Blake has been appointed as the new Director of Central Services which will include Finance, Human Resources, Procurement and Internal Insurance. Mark brings significant national and international experience from the charity and private sectors ranging from Fauna & Flora International to the highways and rail maintenance company Amey PLC.

While Mark will take up his role in February, Jacqui started her new job on Jan 4th.

David Martin is the charity’s new Director of External Affairs, which includes Business Development, Fundraising, Policy and Marketing. After a career as a political journalist, he held senior roles at the BBC and the East of England Development Agency before originally joining the Trust as the Director of Strategy and Marketing.

Speaking after the announcement was made to existing Papworth Trust staff, CEO Vicky McDermott explained, “I am delighted to be able to announce the new Leadership Team line-up. This team will lead on the transformation of Papworth Trust and continue to cement our place as a highly-regarded charity, driving social change and delivering great outcomes for disabled people while increasingly influencing the political agenda as we move towards our centenary next year. I would like to welcome the new Directors to the Trust and I look forward to working with them in the years to come”.