Leonard Cheshire appoints new director of Fundraising

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Leonard Cheshire has announced the appointment of a new executive director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications.

Marcus Missen will join the international disability charity from WaterAid, where he is credited with leading transformation of its brand and fundraising.  

His permanent appointment to the top executive team of Leonard Cheshire’s new CEO, Ruth Owen OBE, underlines her ambition for growth across its UK and overseas programmes. 

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Prior to WaterAid, Missen worked at NSPCC, first as Development Director then as Head of Strategy, and before that he was Director of Fundraising and Marketing at EveryChild.

He has also worked in fundraising roles at British Heart Foundation, Romanian Orphanage Trust and Fight For Sight.

Leslie Davey, interim Executive Director Fundraising and Marketing, will remain at Leonard Cheshire until the end of June.

Ruth Owen said: “This is a vital appointment for the charity in fulfilling our long term ambitions. Marcus has an impeccable record of success and the difference he has made at WaterAid has been remarkable. I and the rest of the team at Leonard Cheshire are immensely excited that he is joining us.

“This charity has huge potential to make an even bigger difference to the lives of disabled people in the UK and internationally. Marcus will have a pivotal role to play in powerfully telling our story, as we drive engagement with new supporters and advocate for change. I would like to thank Leslie for her fantastic impact and results over the last year, especially during the challenges presented during the pandemic”.

Commenting on his appointment, Missen said: “I’m delighted to be joining Leonard Cheshire. It’s unacceptable that the rights of disabled people have not been prioritised enough by society and Leonard Cheshire’s ambition and passion to change this is exciting. We’ll achieve so much more impact through partnerships with others so moving to an engagement strategy will be an area of focus. I’m really looking forward to joining the talented team to make this a reality.” 

Missen will start at Leonard Cheshire on June 14.

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