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CLDF welcomes new Chief Executive

Children’s Liver Disease Foundation is delighted to welcome Rebecca Cooper as Chief Executive.

Rebecca has over 16 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, including three years as Chief Executive of national charity WAY (Widowed and Young). Prior to joining CLDF she was Chief Executive of Derbyshire Carers’ Association and her previous posts have included Chief Officer of Staffordshire Buddies, a HIV charity, Deputy Chief Officer at North Staffs Carers and Development Manager at Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

A qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Rebecca has vast experience of generating income for charities supporting both adults and children. She is looking forward to bringing her breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to lead CLDF in its next phase.

“I am absolutely thrilled to join Children’s Liver Disease Foundation,” says Rebecca. “Over the last 40 years, the charity has undertaken remarkable work to take action against the effects of childhood liver disease and it’s such an exciting prospect to develop this and move forward post-pandemic.   I am looking forward to working with the board of Trustees, staff and volunteers, as well as meeting and learning from young people, families, supporters and clinicians throughout the UK. It’s a privilege to be part of such a well-respected organisation.”

Mairi Everard, chair of the CLDF board added: “The Trustees and I very much look forward to working with Rebecca, as our new CEO, to take CLDF into the future, following the challenges we have faced during the Covid epidemic and its consequences.

“Rebecca has wide experience in the charity sector and impressed us, in interview, with her objective view on how she would approach the role of CEO and assess our current position regarding fundraising, services, and staffing, and how we should plan to prioritise in dealing with them.

“We are confident that Rebecca, in consultation with staff, families, stakeholders and Trustees, will develop a strategic plan to take the charity forward, offering support, information and services identified by families and stakeholders as of importance to them. We will also aim to maintain and strengthen our position as the organisation which represents the needs and views of children and families impacted by liver conditions, in the wider arena.”

Rebecca takes over the role as Chief Executive from Katherine Myles who was Interim CEO from January to July 2022.  The Trustees and staff at CLDF have really appreciated Katherine’s hard work during this time and wish her every success for the future.

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