Portrait shot of Marianne

New Chief Executive for Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Published 22 May 2024

We are delighted to let you know that Crohn’s & Colitis UK has appointed a new CEO following the departure of Sarah Sleet earlier this year.

Marianne Radcliffe will join us in July from FitzRoy, a nationwide charity supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues.

Marianne has been working in the charity sector for 25 years, the last 14 of which she has spent at FitzRoy. Before that, she held senior roles at Christian Aid, NSPCC and Shelter. She is passionate about uniting people to bring about lasting change for those who are hidden in society.

Every year 25,000 people are told they have Crohn’s or Colitis. They and their loved ones look to Crohn’s & Colitis UK to help them navigate the complex health issues they face, and to support them as they live their lives. Those who have worked with Marianne describe her as creative, tenacious and passionate. That’s exactly the kind of person we need at the helm as we move towards our 2025-29 strategy, which takes us up to our 50th anniversary. We are thrilled to have Marianne on board and look forward to working together with her to deliver our vision for the future.

Jackie Craissati MBE

Chair of the Board of Trustees at Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

I am absolutely delighted to be joining Crohn’s & Colitis UK at such an exciting and pivotal time. I am looking forward to leading the team and making the greatest impact for people living with these debilitating, lifelong conditions, which are too often misunderstood.

Marianne Radcliffe

incoming Chief Executive of Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Marianne will take up her new post in late July. We look forward to introducing her to our fantastic members and supporters!


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