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Karin Woodley – Chief Executive

Karin Woodley

Karin Woodley joined Cambridge House as Chief Executive in April 2013. With over 25 years of third-sector experience in community empowerment and social justice, Karin is passionately committed to addressing the complex needs faced by some of the most vulnerable people in our society. She 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.

Karin has served as CEO of both ContinYou, a multi-regional and nationally dispersed education and learning service, and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.  For the latter she delivered the £10 million purpose-built Stephen Lawrence Centre and the Tabernacle Centre for Arts & Learning, where she pioneered an innovative arts and community development programme. As a result, she was awarded the 2004 London Development Agency award for Business Excellence, Achievement & Mentoring.

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

Karin has also pursued this goal by running a management consultancy practice, working as a visiting lecturer at universities such as Birkbeck College, the LSE, and the University of Amsterdam, and serving as an associate trainer and independent advisor to the National Police Improvement Association and Scotland Yard.  With a strong record of leading national and grassroots organisations in difficult economic times, she has influenced the development of statutory policy, engaged local communities, and built innovative CSR partnerships with private businesses.


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