March 28th 2017
Peter Newman, currently Chief Executive of children’s charity Dreams Come True, joins Perennial as Chief Executive in May this year following the retirement of Richard Capewell.
He joins the charity for horticulturists following nine years as Chief Executive of Dreams Come True, a charity that provides life-enhancing experiences and support for children with terminal illness and life-limiting conditions. Like Perennial it seeks to work with and support families facing very difficult times.
Before his time at the helm of Dreams Come True, Peter spent 15 years with Business in the Community, one of the Prince of Wales’s charities.
Richard Capewell joined Perennial as CEO in 1999 and in his time at the charity it has evolved from a traditional charity reflecting its Victorian origins as a benevolent fund for retired gardeners, to a fully inclusive charity for all horticulturists. He has broadened, expanded and refocused its work, to include specialist casework and debt advice services, alongside its long-established benevolent fund activities of financial help and retirement housing.
Also during this time Perennial has expanded its work with younger people through the merger with the Royal Fund for Gardeners’ Children and the establishment of the Lironi Training Fund.