New Poppy Factory Chief Executive Appointed

The Poppy Factory is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Deirdre Mills. Deirdre will take up her post on 16th January 2017.

Deirdre enjoyed a successful first career in the British Army, and has subsequently worked in communication and strategy development and also as a consultant to the third sector. She spent several years abroad raising cross-Government funding and subsequently developing a charity involved in implementing HIV and gender policies.

More recently she was a Director at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) for the UK and Northern Area where she led a 110-strong geographically-dispersed team and engaged with Parliamentary, Diplomatic and Honorary representatives. She also experienced The Poppy Factory’s “Getting You Back to Work” programme through working with amputee, Wayne Harrod, a client of the scheme, who is now working as a gardener and site manager of the CWGC site in Cambridge. Deirdre also holds three Masters Degrees and a Graduate Diploma in Law.

Mark Perowne, Chairman of The Poppy Factory, said “We look forward to welcoming Deirdre to The Poppy Factory and working with her to deliver The Poppy Factory’s recently agreed Five Year Plan.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About The Poppy Factory:

The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employability organisation for disabled veterans. From its base in Richmond, Surrey the charity provides tailored support across England and Wales to help ex-Forces men and women with disabilities or health challenges to return to meaningful work.

TPF works with many businesses around the country with an aim to transform the way employers think about employing disabled people

The charity has helped 600 individuals into work since it started its Getting You Back to Work programme in 2010 and 500 people have registered for support this year alone. The Poppy Factory aims to deliver the most effective support for its veterans and the service is built upon a solid evidence base. This has ensured that 75% of TPF’s disabled veterans remain in work for 12 months or longer.

TPF also employs over 30 veterans with health challenges at its factory in Richmond, producing remembrance products for the Royal family and for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

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