Kettleton occupies a newly expanded role, reporting directly to the charity’s chief executive Mark McGreavy.
‘There are lots of challenges for us at Depaul Trust,’ said Kettleton.
‘We need to talk to government about policy, local authorities about what we can provide in terms of support to vulnerable young people, and to potential funders and individual donors in order to raise awareness of the work the Depaul Trust does,’ he added.
Kettleton has been Arthritis Care comms director for the past five years. He played a key role in developing the charity’s public campaigning programmes, including the ‘OA Nation’ report, produced in April, which highlighted the effects of arthritis.
He said he would bring his Arthritis Care experience to bear in his new role at Depaul Trust.
‘We need to raise our profile because we have as many projects under way as charities like Crisis, which is much better known than we are,’ said Kettleton.
His appointment follows the departure of David Redfern, whose brief covered fundraising but not communications.
Redfern left to become a freelance fundraising consultant in March.
The Depaul Trust fundraising team of seven will be tasked with external communications activity under Kettleton.