Changing Faces announces new CEO

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Heather Blake as our new Chief Executive. Heather will join Changing Faces on Monday 17 May.

Heather brings a wealth of senior leadership and health care experience to the role and is currently the Director of Support and Influencing at Prostate Cancer UK.

Heather has been a key part of the team that has focused on the growth and transformation at Prostate Cancer UK, leading their work to ensure that men with prostate cancer have access to the best treatments, care and support.

Heather Blake, a woman with shoulder length brown hair, wearing a red blouse, standing in front of a bookcase, filled with books and ceramics.

Heather brings a wealth of senior leadership experience to her new role as CEO for Changing Faces

Heather has held senior operational and strategic management roles in the NHS, including responsibility for community health services in Lambeth and Southwark as part of Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a Trustee and Chair of the Patient Services Committee at Royal Trinity Hospice, Clapham.

It’s an exciting time to be joining Changing Faces as its new CEO and I look forward to working with the team who have already achieved so much when it comes to supporting people with a visible difference.

Heather Blake

Heather will join Changing Faces on Monday 17 May at the start of our annual week of celebration – Face Equality Week.

Heather Blake said:

“It’s an exciting time to be joining Changing Faces as its new CEO and I look forward to working with the team who have already achieved so much when it comes to supporting people with a visible difference.

I’m hugely impressed by the way Changing Faces listens to those it supports and puts their voices and experiences at the heart of everything it does. It is a privilege to be able to lead the charity in the next stage of its journey, seeking to grow that impact and empower even more people to live with confidence and self-esteem.”

”Under her leadership Changing Faces will continue to evolve and flourish and deliver on our strategic ambitions and values – bringing about real change for people with visible differences.

David Clayton, Chair of Trustees

Our Director of Fundraising and Communications, Catherine Deakin, will also take on the role of Deputy Chief Executive, in addition to her current responsibilities.

Changing Faces Chair of Trustees, David Clayton said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Heather as the new Chief Executive of Changing Faces. Heather’s appointment brings extensive senior leadership and health care experience at an exciting and pivotal time for Changing Faces, as we focus on service innovation and being a leading voice for people with visible differences.

”Under her leadership Changing Faces will continue to evolve and flourish and deliver on our strategic ambitions and values – bringing about real change for people with visible differences.

”Having Catherine Deakin in the role of Deputy Chief Executive is wonderful and a real testament to the dedication, commitment and leadership Catherine has shown over the last few years, especially during the pandemic.”

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About Changing Faces

Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for everyone with a scar, mark or condition that makes them look different. Find out more about who we are and what we do.

Our leadership team

Find out about the Changing Faces leadership team, which is made up of our Chief Executive, Heather Blake, and two directors.