Announcing Kate Burt as our new Chief Executive

Written by Aaron Dennis, September 28, 2020

The Haemophilia Society is delighted to today, Monday 28 September, announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. Kate Burt will take up her role as of 5 October 2020 and brings a wealth of experience of the charity sector at this incredibly formative time for the bleeding disorders community.

Most recently, Kate was an executive director at Leonard Cheshire, a global disability charity, leading their marketing and fundraising work. In addition, Kate has worked as a director at Police Now, recruiting outstanding individuals to be police officers; Green House Sports as the chief operating officer, a charity working with young people in inner cities helping them to release their potential through sport. And from 2012-2014, was the chief executive of British Rowing, as well as a number of other roles, including The Prince’s Trust.

Kate had the following to say on her appointment:

I am delighted to be joining The Haemophilia Society team and having the opportunity to work in partnership with our whole community to deliver even greater impact and influence. Having a friend from childhood who has haemophilia, I am very aware the impact genetic bleeding disorders have on individuals and their families.

As the Infected Blood Inquiry hearings resume, and we emerge into a world that is different from the one in which we lived pre-pandemic, we now have a unique opportunity to challenge conventions about what is possible in our thinking about supporter engagement.

I look forward to meeting many of our partners and members in the coming weeks and months and building an even stronger coalition of voices to influence global, national and local thinking to ensure people with bleeding disorders have the opportunity to live fulfilled lives.

Clive Smith, chair of the board of trustees said:

After a thorough and extensive recruitment process, we are delighted that Kate has accepted the role of chief executive. Kate impressed at all stages of the process and stood out amongst an incredibly strong field. We look forward to working with Kate and shaping our community’s future together.

The board of trustees would also like to express our sincere thanks to Angela Hoctor at The Inzito Partnership for her assistance in the process. Angela’s advice, guidance and wisdom was invaluable in attracting such a high calibre of applicant. Angela’s work was all provided on a pro bono basis, for which we are enormously grateful.