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Without the fantastic guidance, leadership, and tireless effort of our staff team we would not be where we are today.

Karin Woodley – Chief Executive

Karin WoodleyKarin Woodley joined Cambridge House as Chief Executive in April 2013. With over 25 years of third-sector experience in community empowerment, arts and culture, education, diversity and equality, and criminal justice; Karin is passionately committed to addressing the complex needs faced by some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Since, Karin has been appointed by the Secretary of State to the Economic and Social Research Council, attended the Global Social Economy Forum, and won the Lifetime Achiever Award at the 2016 Excellence in Diversity Awards.

Previously CEO of ContinYou, a multi-regional and nationally dispersed education and learning service dedicated to improving the educational attainment of vulnerable children: Karin has also served as CEO of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, where she delivered the £10million purpose-built Stephen Lawrence Centre on time, and on budget; and the Tabernacle Centre for Arts & Learning where she pioneered an innovative arts and community development programme and was awarded the 2004 London Development Agency award for Business Excellence, Achievement & Mentoring.

Previously a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice appointee to the Legal Services Board Consumer Panel, and currently a fellow of the British American Project, a Trustee of Locality and Vice Chair of the London South Bank University Student Union; Karin is committed to tackling social injustice and catalysing change.

With a strong record of leading national and grassroots organisations in difficult economic times, influencing the development of statutory policy, building innovative CSR partnerships with private businesses and engaging local communities: Karin has also run her own management consultancy practice; been a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck College, the LSE, the University of Amsterdam in Johannesburg, and Dillard University in New Orleans; and served as an associate trainer and independent advisor to the National Police Improvement Association and Scotland Yard.