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Action on Hearing Loss announces two senior appointments

29 March 2019

National charity Action on Hearing Loss has appointed two new members to its senior management team.

James Abbott joined the charity as an Executive Director of Finance in March, while Tim Willett will start on 8 April as an Interim Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications.

James brings with him vast experience of financial charity management gained at organisations such as Diabetes UK, the National Foundation for Educational Research and, most recently, Scope, where he was Head of Finance.

He is a strong believer in building value-adding finance teams, closely aligned with the organisations they support, enabling charities to go further and do more for the people they exist to serve.

James Abbott said: “I am delighted to be joining Action on Hearing Loss at this critical time. Having just relocated most of the finance function to our offices in Peterborough, I am thrilled to be building a new sector-leading team, which will efficiently and effectively support and drive forward our organisation. I am also excited to play a key role in delivering the charity’s financial turnaround plan, addressing the pressure on our liquidity and growing our income. The successful delivery of this plan is essential to ensuring that Action on Hearing Loss continues to be there for the millions of people who have hearing loss or who are deaf.”

Tim Willett is an independent consultant, implementing sustainable funding strategies for not for profit organisations after eight years at the RNLI. While at the RNLI he held various roles delivering fundraising intelligence and improvement before ultimately becoming the Head of Funding Strategy.

He has a blended background with significant experience from both the commercial and charitable sectors and attributes his successes to building, leading and motivating cross-functional teams to deliver outstanding results.

Tim Willett said: “I am delighted to be joining Action on Hearing Loss at such challenging but exciting time in the organisation’s history. Good communication is so vital in everyday life, and changing so rapidly, it is a wonderful opportunity to work for an organisation that helps an often overlooked community. Action on Hearing loss works hard to enable communication, inspire human connections and build inclusion – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Mark Atkinson, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive welcomed the appointments: “This is both a challenging and an exciting time for our charity and I am delighted to be attracting great talent to our organisation. Both Tim and James will play major roles in our continued drive to strengthen our charity and grow our reach and impact to support people living with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss across the UK.”

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Notes to editors

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is the national charity helping people living with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way, giving people support and care, developing technology and treatments, and campaigning for equality.