THE charity Changing Faces has appointed Heather Blake as its new Chief Executive. Heather brings a wealth of senior leadership and health care experience to the role and is currently the Director of Support and Influencing at Prostate Cancer UK.
Heather has been a key part of the team that have focused on the growth and transformation at Prostate Cancer UK, leading their work to ensure that men with prostate cancer have access to the best treatments, care and support.
Heather has held senior operational and strategic management roles in the NHS, including responsibility for community health services in Lambeth and Southwark as part of Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a Trustee and Chair of the Patient Services Committee at Royal Trinity Hospice, Clapham.
Heather will join Changing Faces on Monday 17th May at the start of the charity’s annual week of celebration – Face Equality Week. Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for everyone who has a scar, mark or condition that makes them look different.
Heather Blake said:
“It’s an exciting time to be joining Changing Faces as its new CEO, and I look forward to working with the team who have already achieved so much when it comes to supporting people with a visible difference.
“I’m hugely impressed by the way Changing Faces listens to those it supports and puts their voices and experiences at the heart of everything it does. It is a privilege to be able to lead the charity in the next stage of its journey, seeking to grow that impact and empower even more people to live with confidence and self-esteem.”
Changing Faces Director of Fundraising and Communications, Catherine Deakin, will also take on the role of Deputy Chief Executive, in addition to her current responsibilities.
Changing Faces Chair of Trustees, David Clayton said:
“We are delighted to be welcoming Heather as the new Chief Executive of Changing Faces. Heather’s appointment brings extensive senior leadership and health care experience at an exciting and pivotal time for Changing Faces, as we focus on service innovation and being a leading voice for people with visible differences.
“Under her leadership, Changing Faces will continue to evolve and flourish and deliver on our strategic ambitions and values – bringing about real change for people with visible differences.
“Having Catherine Deakin in the role of Deputy Chief Executive is wonderful, and a real testament to the dedication, commitment and leadership Catherine has shown over the last few years, especially during the pandemic.”