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New CEO to take the reins at the Blue Cross

The Blue Cross, one of the UK’s leading animal welfare charities, has announced that it has appointed a new chief executive, Kim Hamilton. Ms Hamilton will take up the role on 1 September 2008, following the retirement of John Rutter after seven years in the driving seat.

Kim HamiltonDiane Sinclair, chairman of The Blue Cross, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Kim to The Blue Cross. Her strong financial roots and third sector experience mean she is perfectly placed to drive the charity forward.’

This appointment comes at an important time for The Blue Cross, which is implementing a series of strategic initiatives to extend the range and impact of its work. Plans include: expanding its animal adoption and veterinary services across the UK; extending its education programme; increasing the involvement of volunteers; and developing its supporter base.

Kim is a keen animal lover and a proud owner of two miniature schnauzers, Hannah and Emmie, both eight years old. She added: ‘My interest in animals has been life long and I’ve always had pets of some description, from budgies and bunnies to cats and dogs. All of my pets, without exception, have been part of my family and have enriched my life immensely.’