OEN has appointed Flora Nicholson to the position of Executive Director.

On her appointment, Flora said: “I have such deep admiration for the work of OEN, and feel very excited to be joining such an inspiring and talented group of people. With our ongoing passion and dedication, and working in partnership with other organisations in the UK, including members of the Obesity Health Alliance, I know there is no limit to what we can achieve. There are so many people who need our support, and we are in a unique position to be part of the public debate on obesity and influence change”.

Flora has an excellent track record of working in both the non- profit and private sectors. She started her career in the strategy team of Fortune 500 company Sodexo, and subsequently worked for the British Red Cross, delivering planning and monitoring support for 50 business units and leading the review of the organisational strategy. She joined Cancer Research UK in 2013, where she held a range of positions, including Strategy Manager and Senior Volunteering Manager. She delivered key projects for the cancer charity, including a new strategy to improve recruitment and retention for the organisation’s 40,000 volunteers. She also supported the creation of a strategic partnership between Cancer Research UK’s Communities Directorate (Events, Volunteer Fundraising, Retail), and the Policy and Information Directorate.

In the past year Flora has worked as a management consultant, most recently supporting the British Heart Foundation. She has also been a Trustee for Faiths Together in Lambeth, a South London charity promoting understanding and dialogue between different faith groups.