World Vision staffer exits for Dignity in Dying role

Dignity in Dying has raided World Vision for one of its top communicators.

The pro-euthanasia charity has appointed Ashley Riley as head of campaigns and communications. He will head up the comms department as the charity aims to swell its numbers over the next few months in a bid to raise its profile in the UK.

Riley has spent two years as World Vision’s campaigns manager. Before joining World Vision, he was press and parliamentary off­icer at the Child Poverty Action Group, where he was employed for four years.

He will report to CEO Deborah Annetts and repla­ces Rosie Brocklehurst, who has covered the role for the last seven months. Brocklehurst runs her own consultancy and will return to this when the handover period ends in August.

The comms team at Dignity in Dying will see another arrival in June when James Harris joins as parliamen­t­ary officer. He is currently a parliamentary researcher for MP Tom Harris. The charity is also on the hunt for two more communications staff.

Dignity in Dying is focused on changing the law to allow people to be able to choose death at the end of their life. Riley said: ‘Changing the law to give individuals the right to choose dignity in one of the most fundamental parts of their life is one of the human rights issues of our time.’

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