TOMMY’S – the UK’s largest charity carrying out research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth – has welcomed a new Chief Executive.
Kath Abrahams brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience working across health and social care focused charities and in higher education.
From 2016 to 2021 Kath was Director of Engagement and Fundraising at Diabetes UK, where she led a transformation in the charity’s approach to engagement, driving up the public recognition of diabetes as a serious condition, building a highly engaged community of support, and achieving significant growth in income.
She is also a former Executive Director of Fundraising and Supporter Development for King’s College London and King’s Health Partners; Director of Engagement and Income Generation at Breakthrough Breast Cancer; and Development Director at the NSPCC.
Prior to moving into the third sector, Kath was General Manager of the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.
Kath joins Tommy’s as the charity marks its 30th anniversary year and continues with its aim of making the UK the world’s safest place to give birth by funding vital research while providing parents with information, advice, and support for a happy and healthy pregnancy.
“I feel enormously privileged to take on the leadership of such an important cause. Our research to save the lives of babies by reducing the rates of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth is achieving tremendous impact. And the support we offer to people on their sometimes-devastating pregnancy journey is outstanding.
“But our work is a long way from being done. Far too many pregnancies continue to end in loss and there is so much more we need to do to make pregnancy and birth safer for everyone no matter who you are or where you live. I look forward to working alongside our wonderful community of researchers and supporters and our many partner organisations to save more babies’ lives.”