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March 26, 2024

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Rebecca Hickman appointed as new RoSPA CEO

RoSPA made the announcement today (26 March) following a unanimous vote by its Board, and with the backing of its Directorate Team.

Rebecca Hickman

Rebecca Hickman, previously RoSPA’s Relationships Director, will be appointed as CEO effective from 1 April.

This comes after Errol Taylor stepped down in October 2023, after almost two decades as the charity’s CEO.

Hickman is a long-standing member of the senior leadership team and Mike Parker CBE, Chairman of RoSPA, added that she has played “a very important leadership role” in recent months.

Hickman has over two decades at the accident prevention charity, and under her tenure, RoSPA said its sales and marketing functions were rebuilt with strategic partnerships.

Hickman has also had a societal impact for the charity, with initiatives such as the Brighter Beginnings Appeal, aiding vulnerable families, and her collaborations with industry giants such as L’Oréal and Berkeley Group. She was also at the helm of RoSPA’s sector-leading response to the recent REUL Bill.

Commenting on her appointment, Hickman said: “I am immensely privileged to take the helm as CEO of RoSPA, an organisation with a rich history of promoting safety and preventing accidents. As we embark on this new chapter, I am committed to delivering the solid foundations needed to unleash our ambitions for future growth.

“As with many charities, the pandemic necessitated short-term survivalism within RoSPA, but after working hard to steady the ship, we can now think longer term and build solid foundations to maximise RoSPA’s impact and drive meaningful change.

“I am hugely fortunate to be backed by a high calibre team and am confident that together, we have the energy and strategic clarity to continue to lead the charge in creating safer environments for all.”

As new CEO, RoSPA added that Hickman ‘steers towards its vision, placing sustainability and member-centricity at the forefront’.

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