Children’s charity announces new CEO

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A CHARITY that provides children’s respite care has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Naomi House has chosen a new chief executive to take over from the incumbent Chris Robinson.

Mr Robinson leaves the charity to take on a position at Chelsea Football Club.

His tenure as chief executive at the Winchester-based charity began in July 2012, and since then he has overseen the near completion of a £4m refurbishment of Naomi House children’s hospice.

The charity’s current chief operating officer, Mark Smith, will be taking over.

Mr Smith has worked in charity fundraising since 2001.

He joined the charity sector as head of corporate fundraising for Barnardo’s and has since held director of fundraising and communications positions at DebRA, Anthony Nolan and the Prospect Hospice in Wiltshire.

He has been at Naomi House & Jacksplace since January 2010, being promoted to deputy CEO in November 2012 and chief operating officer in October 2014.