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Change at the top

After almost 10 years as chief executive of the Royal Free Charity, Chris Burghes has accepted the role of chief executive at Blue Cross, the national animal charity. Chris will leave at the end of May.

Chris, who led the fundraising and planning application process for the Pears Building, currently under construction, said: “I’m sure the charity will go from strength to strength in the future and I look forward to hearing about its ongoing success.”

Judy Dewinter, chair of the charity, congratulated Chris on his new appointment.  She thanked him for his drive and commitment during his time with the charity, recognising the charity’s achievements under his leadership, in particular developing the volunteer network, establishing the Charles Wolfson Centre for Reconstructive Surgery and leading on the Pears building project.    

A recruitment process will now begin. Between Chris’s departure and the arrival of his successor the acting chief executive will be Richard Scarth, the charity’s director of operations.

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