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Network News


A quick update on some recent comings and goings across my network. 

Jonathan Kestenbaum stepped down at the end of last year from NESTA, where he was the chief executive.  Amongst his other new roles (including chairman and chief executive of Five Arrows), he takes a seat in the House of Lords, sitting on the Labour benches.

Jonathan’s replacement at NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) is Geoff Mulgan, formerly Chief Executive of the Young Foundation

The hole left by Geoff at the Young Foundation is so great that two people may be required to fill it.  The new Chief Executive (former MD) is Simon Tucker, and the organisation is currently seeking a Director of Ventures, who will report to Simon as an “Entrepreneur-in-Chief”.

One role which Geoff Mulgan previously filled was as Director of  policy at Number 10, under Tony Blair, a role also once occupied by Matthew Taylor, now Chief Executive of the RSA.  Matthew’s blog is well worth a read.

Belinda Lester has moved on from her role as Director of Fellowship at the RSA, joining Teach First as their Ambassadors Director.

One of the founding staff team at Teach First was Nat Wei, now Baron Wei of Shoreditch.  Nat recently stepped down from working with Government to spend time on other work, including a role with the Community Foundation Network.

In other news related to the Big Society, Steve Moore has stepped up to become the Chief Executive of the Big Society Network, which has recently launched its Nexters programme to identify talent using technology to make a difference.

Meanwhile at Number 10, Kay Allen (formerly head of Social Action and Inclusion at Royal Mail) has taken up the challenge of working with the Every Business Commits agenda (effectively becoming the CSR lead within Number 10).

At Channel 4, Matt Locke has moved on from his role as acting head of cross-platform to set up his own organisation, Storythings, to explore storytelling across platforms, genres and contexts.

Over by Silicon Roundabout, Moshi Monsters has just registered its 50 millionth member, and continues to expand its team alongside its online population.  Founder Michael Smith is looking for a Chief People Officer for Moshi’s parent company, Mind Candy.

Also in digital, Edelman continues to attract talent, recently adding Renate Nyborg and Caroline Bosher to its digital practice in London.

Finally, in the charity world,  Adrian Lovett has just announced that he is moving on from his role as Global Campaign Director at Save the Children to join ONE (the global anti-poverty advocacy group as their Europe director.

Good luck to one and all in your new roles!

Have you recently changed jobs?  Or are you thinking of a new adventure?  Perhaps you are looking for someone to join you at the moment?  I’d love to hear from you and will always try to help if I can.

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