Action on Hearing Loss, the UK’s leading charity supporting people with deafness and hearing loss, has appointed Harriet Oppenheimer as its new Deputy Chief Executive.
Harriet has spent the majority of her career at PA Consulting, a global technology, innovation and transformation firm, and has been a partner there for over 10 years. She has worked with many different clients, helping them shape and lead change programmes across a range of industries including health, defence and security, transport and central government.
Her appointment at Action on Hearing Loss marks her move back to the charity sector, where she started her career over 25 years ago setting up the Oxford branch of Bridge – a charity which organises community projects for disabled adults and disadvantaged children. She has remained involved with the sector throughout her career in various voluntary capacities and also spent several years working in the NHS.
Harriet is passionate about diversity, equality and inclusion. At PA Consulting, she was a Global Champion for Inclusion and Diversity, supporting a programme to increase diversity at all levels across the organisation. She was also the Sponsor of the Global Women’s Network.
She is currently Joint Chair of the Board of Trustees for NNLS, a busy London community centre. She is also a volunteer for Refugees at Home, hosting refugees from Syria, Eritrea, Ethiopia at her home in North London, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Chief Executive, Mark Atkinson said: “I am excited to start working with Harriet. Her exceptional experience as a senior leader across the health, government and non-for-profit sectors, combined with her personal beliefs and values, make her the ideal person to support me to lead our charity for the future.”
Harriet said: “I am proud and excited to be joining Action on Hearing Loss – particularly at such an important time for our charity. I have spent my career helping organisations achieve their ambitions, and I couldn’t be more passionate about working with you all to make the biggest possible difference to deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus. I am looking forward to pushing forward with our new strategy and working in partnership with our community to be relevant and impactful.”
The role of Deputy Chief Executive is a new role for the charity and Harriet will take up post in November.
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Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is the national charity helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way, giving people support and care, developing technology and treatments, and campaigning for equality.