CABA, the UK-based charity which supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants and their families, has appointed Christian Holmes as its CEO.

His main responsibility will be to play a leading role in driving CABA’s strategy. This includes strengthening the charity’s position as a credible voice on wellbeing and developing its understanding of its members’ needs.

Holmes joins the CABA from The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, where he most recently served as COO.

Commenting on his appointment, Holmes said: “I am delighted to be joining CABA at such an important time, as the organisation continues to expand and enhance its services in both the UK and abroad. CABA’s strong, person-centred values are closely in line with my own, and I deeply admire its commitment to the wellbeing of the chartered accountancy community. It’s a huge opportunity to use my skills and experience to make a positive benefit to so many lives, and I am thrilled to be part of such a dedicated team.

“CABA is a positive and progressive organisation that is actively and routinely working to improve people’s lives. I look forward to playing a visible role and to proactively meet, engage and listen to the charity’s partners, champions, supporters and beneficiaries, and hearing how CABA can improve both its services and visibility.”

CABA president Kaaeed Mamujee said: “The industry faces a challenging time, particularly in responding to the current Coronavirus pandemic. This is affecting ICAEW members and their families, and it’s in times like this that CABA has a significant part to play. Cristian’s enthusiasm and experience with other professional bodies will be essential to us as we support more of our members.

Following a handover period, Holmes will take over from Kath Haines who has been with the organisation since 2007.