The British Heart Foundation has announced the appointment of Martin Miles as its new Chief Financial Officer. Martin is currently Finance Director at Waterstones.
He previously held senior finance roles at the HMV Group prior to its sale of Waterstones in 2011. As well as extensive retail finance experience, he brings significant knowledge of corporate activity and management.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and spent ten years with the firm in Southampton, Kuala Lumpur and Windsor. Martin will join the nine-strong executive group at the BHF on 10th November. He will lead both the Finance and Procurement and the Knowledge and Technology teams – a team of around 68 people.
Martin said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the team at the British Heart Foundation. It’s a fantastic charity full of passionate and committed people. With the launch of the ambitious new strategy, it is a particularly exciting time to join, and I am looking forward to playing my part in the fight for every heartbeat.”
Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive said: “We’re delighted to welcome Martin to the British Heart Foundation. His leadership and experience will help power our new strategic direction.
“Today, over seven million people are living in the UK with cardiovascular disease. Martin joins a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who are determined to win the fight against a disease that damages the lives of far too many people.”
BHF is the UK’s leading independent funder of cardiovascular research, in the past year the charity invested £115 million in research alone. The charity launched its new strategy in August and says the key to saving more lives is to increase investment in research and turning research discoveries into life-saving medical treatments. The charity has pledged to reduce premature deaths from cardiovascular disease by 25% by 2025.