National Emergencies Trust Appoints Executive Team
and Announces Trustee Vacancies
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has today announced the Executive Team that will be leading the charity beyond its current Coronavirus Appeal into its long-term future, including the appointment of Mhairi Sharp, former COO and then Interim CEO, to the position of CEO.
Ms Sharp led the formation of the NET and was formerly its COO, building its operating model and network, and overseeing a team that surged from three to more than 160 people at the Coronavirus Appeal’s height; the majority of whom were volunteers. Before being appointed by the Board of Trustees as CEO, she had assumed the position of Interim CEO on 1st September when former CEO, John Herriman, stepped down to return to a more conventional charity role.
The NET was launched in November last year, on the recommendation of the Charity Commission to support those affected by domestic disasters. When the worst happens, the NET provides a focal point for the nation’s generosity, raising and distributing funds quickly for those in great need.
When the NET launched its Coronavirus Appeal on 18th March this year, it was with an Executive Team of three. To-date, the Appeal has raised more than £96million and, while the charity continues to oversee the fast and fair distribution of Appeal funds, it is also building out its team at every level to ready itself for the next national emergency. New appointments to the NET Executive, who will join existing Appeal team members include:
- Adil Husseini, Assistant Director – Fundraising, former director of fundraising and marketing at the DEC where he led seven national integrated appeals and developed a supporter centric strategy. More recently, he headed up the creative content and digital marketing function at Unicef UK
- Vijay Jassal, Assistant Director – Policy & Strategic Partnerships, who was Head of Fundraising Strategy, and formerly Head of Public Affairs at the British Red Cross, and helped manage its emergency appeals in response to the Manchester and London terror attacks, and Grenfell Tower fire in 2017
Mhairi Sharp, CEO, National Emergencies Trust, said: “The National Emergencies Trust was four months old when we launched the Coronavirus Appeal. For the first few weeks, John Herriman and I ran the Appeal together from my living room. We built up the charity’s capacity, at speed, largely with the support of incredible volunteers, but my first action as Interim CEO was to recruit our permanent future team.
“Activating the Coronavirus Appeal has been a defining experience for the NET, but we also know this first Appeal must not define us. The next national emergency will almost certainly be very different – and we need to be ready. I’m delighted to be bringing on board Adil and Vijay’s strategic experience in emergency response and fundraising to plan for how we support and reach as many people as possible in future emergency events.”
As well as appointing its future Executive Team, the NET is actively recruiting for four new Trustees for its Board to replace Trustees, Diana Fawcett and Carol Mack, and Co-Optees Jehangir Malik and Vicky Rosin, who have been part of the NET since its initial inception and who have chosen to step down in the New Year. With new Trustees appointed as individuals, rather than as representatives of the some of the charities that formed the initial interim NET Board, it is anticipated that the Board will be increasingly capable, diverse and inclusive.
General The Lord Richard Dannatt, Chair of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “In the face of an unprecedented emergency, I can sincerely say that Carol, Diana, Jehangir and Vicky have gone above and beyond what could ever have been expected of them to support the Coronavirus Appeal, including participating in more than 250 Board and Committee meetings since the Appeal launched in March.
“Prior to that, their contributions to the conception of the NET were also invaluable. We are extremely grateful that they’ve been able to be part of our journey thus far, and look forward to welcoming new Trustees in the coming months, who can bring further perspectives, and build upon the foundations already established.”
The NET is also currently undertaking an intern recruitment programme, in collaboration with 2020 Change, Prince’s Trust and Street League. Led by the NET’s Interim Head of EDI, Vivienne Aiyela. The collaboration aims to bring valuable new perspectives, and transferable skills and experiences into the team, to support the charity’s continued innovation.
For more information on the Trustee vacancies visit www.nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk/trustee-recruitment