New Directors appointed by The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability, has appointed Colin Kerr and Paul Farthing to its Senior Leadership Team. Colin Kerr joins as Director of Finance, following an interim role as Group Finance Director for the Avenues Group, a learning disability charity. Colin was previously Director at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has extensive experience in education as Director of Finance at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust; Learning Skills Network; and the NHS. Colin spent six years on the board of the Yarlington Housing Association and seven years as a local school governor. He is also Chair Elect of the Charities Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Colin said: “The team at The Children’s Trust are incredibly inspiring. I am looking forward to bringing my experience to this role, helping the charity achieve its financial objectives and developing systems and processes to enable future growth.” Paul Farthing, former Chief Executive of Fundraising at the Aspinall Foundation, joins The Children’s Trust as Director of Income Generation & Communications. Paul has extensive experience in both the charity and commercial sectors, having worked as Director of Fundraising at NSPCC and as Managing Director of a direct marketing agency. His previous roles also include Fundraising Director at Age UK; Legacy Fundraising Director and High Value Relationships Director at Cancer Research UK. Paul is former Chair of the International Fundraising Conference and is a Trustee of The Fairtrade Foundation and The Elizabeth’s Children Charitable Trust. Paul said: "I am delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to work at The Children’s Trust and support such an important cause. The passion and care of the staff make it a very special place. I am looking forward to working with the team to grow our income and raise our profile in order to help more children and their families affected by brain injury.” Every year 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. Last year, The Children’s Trust published its 2020 strategy, Creating Futures Together. Its aim is to develop and upscale its specialist rehabilitation, education and community services, to ensure that children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability have the opportunity to live the best life possible. Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust, said: "Colin and Paul’s knowledge and expertise will help us navigate the changes in regulatory requirements at a crucial time for both the charity and social care sectors; and also, further develop relationships with supporters to ensure future growth. We are delighted to welcome Colin and Paul to The Children’s Trust”.

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