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Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity) – Appointment of CEO


In January 2016, Macaulay Search were chosen to support Sands to find a successor to Neal Long, after 18 successful years in post. Founded in 1978 by a small group of bereaved parents devastated by the death of their babies, and by the total lack of understanding of the significance of their loss, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (Sands) has become a leading national perinatal loss support and research focused organisation. It is known for supporting parents and families affected by the death of a baby, instilling best practice in bereavement care nationwide and promoting and funding research aimed at reducing the loss of babies’ lives.

The search generated a high level of interest from leaders from Medical Research, baby, children’s, health, advisory helpline and service delivery charities. The shortlist of five female candidates included a Chief Executive of a mental health charity, a Chief Executive of a disability organisation, a Chief Executive of a women’s cancer charity, the Head of a Training College for a national childbirth related organisation, and the Director of People and Performance of a large international development charity. The appointed candidate was Dr Clea Harmer, a Clinician and Head of National Childbirth Trust College for the last three years, responsible for the training and quality assurance of all NCT practitioners and students nationwide.


Sentebale – Appointment of Chief Executive Officer


Macaulay Search worked with Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry in 2006, on the appointment of their Chief Executive.  With a turnover now of £3.4m Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help vulnerable children – the victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Through education, psychosocial support, and care the charity gives children the tools they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

The brief was to identify individuals from a range of different sectors who had strong external representation skills who could lead ambitious growth in income, away from its reliance on Prince Harry events and growth in services. 

Following an extensive search, the shortlist was comprised of individuals from across the third sector. The shortlist of three women and two men included a Director of Fundraising of a large international, humanitarian response charity, a Chief Executive of an international development organisation, a Director of Fundraising of a cancer charity, a Director of Programmes of an international skills and training organisation and the Director of Fundraising of Oxfam GB. The appointed candidate was Cathy Ferrier, the Director of Fundraising at Oxfam GB and former Commercial Director of Borders