The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has named Alex McDowell as new group head of community development and growth.
Joining the charity in a newly-created role, Mr McDowell will work within a group, which includes Action for Blind People and Cardiff Institute for the Blind, to lead the fundraising activities on legacies and community-giving.
Mr McDowell joins the RNIB with more than 17 years of experience in the legacy and fundraising sector, with previous roles including head of legacy and tribute fundraising at the NSPCC.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr McDowell said: "I am excited to be joining RNIB's fundraising team and I am looking forward to helping the charity make it easier for people to support their work through legacies and other community-based activity.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to engage communities and make a significant contribution to RNIB's aim to improve the lives of thousands who are living with sight loss both now and in the future."
Group director of fundraising at the RNIB, Wanda Hamilton, added: "We're delighted to welcome Alex to this challenging new role. His skills and experience will be a great asset to RNIB. This is a very exciting time as we look to increase our legacy income and community engagement to support our ambitious five-year strategy."