Battersea announces new Directors appointments

BATTERSEA Dogs & Cats Home has today announced it has appointed Catherine Miles as its new Director of Fundraising, replacing Liz Tait, who recently moved to head up fundraising at the Teenage Cancer Trust, after eight years at the animal charity. 

Catherine joins Battersea’s Executive Director team in January from Breast Cancer Now, where she was Director of Fundraising & Engagement during a very high-profile time for the charity and played a significant part in the charity’s development and growth. Prior to that she was Fundraising Director at Anthony Nolan. She will be responsible for driving innovation and income and supporter growth for Battersea, providing leadership across the fundraising directorate for the high-profile charity.

Commenting on the key fundraising appointment, Battersea’s Chief Executive Claire Horton said: “Catherine has a truly impressive track record as a high achieving fundraiser across many different areas of fundraising. She is highly regarded across the charity sector and I very much look forward to her joining us here at Battersea.”

This will be Catherine’s first fundraising role in the animal welfare sector. She said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Battersea to lead the fundraising team. They have achieved so much, and I can see great potential for continued growth and development, thanks to the incredible generosity of supporters who are passionate about animals and the vital work Battersea does. I’m looking forward to working with not only the people but, of course, the animals too.”

Battersea announces new Directors appointments
George Ruiz

And, in a popular move, Battersea has also attracted its former Finance & Corporate Services Director, George Ruiz, back to the charity in February, after two successful years at Prostate Cancer UK. He was previously at Battersea for four years and will be warmly welcomed back to lead the Finance, Legacies, IT and Facilities teams, as well as being responsible for governance, risk and compliance.

George commented: “There’s something special about Battersea and I’m very much looking forward to returning. So much has been achieved in terms of growth in the time since I have been away, and I’m excited to pick up the reins again working at a charity I understand and care so much about.”

Claire Horton added: “We’re really looking forward to George returning to Battersea after his great experience working at Prostate Cancer UK. Battersea is a busy and dynamic charity that never stands still, and I know we will all benefit from George’s wealth of skills and the energy he brings to everything he does. I am confident that both George and Catherine will be tremendous assets to Battersea, joining us in 2019 at a very exciting time just as we launch our new Strategic Plan.”