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New Chief Exec For York's Wilberforce Trust


6:00am 17th March 2013

One of York's oldest charities The Wilberforce Trust has got a new Chief Executive.

Philippa Crowther has taken up post as the new Chief Executive of York's oldest charity, the Wilberforce Trust. Wilberforce, with its forerunners, has been supporting people with sight loss in York since 1843. Philippa takes over from Keith McKee, who has served as Chief Executive for the past 14 years.

The new leader comes from a background of senior roles in the private health care sector. Philippa has held Director roles with Nuffield Health as Group Operations Director, and as Operations Director of Ultralase laser vision correction. She has also worked as a Programmes Director with Assura Medical Ltd (now Virgincare Ltd).

Commenting on her new role, Philippa said: “Having come up through the ranks, which I believe has given me some of my most important attributes, I have acquired a ‘toolbox’ full of skills, every one of which will be useful in helping the Wilberforce Trust tackle the challenges it faces as a charity in Britain today”.

Keith McKee, who oversaw the very big change about a decade ago from a 'home for the blind' to supported accommodation in their own homes as tenants, will continue to be at Wilberforce for a short phased handover of responsibilities. He said: “Challenges and opportunities will no doubt continue to present themselves in the years to come, and I like to think that I am handing over to my successor an organisation which is ready to face the challenges and seize the opportunities”.

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