Karin Woodley CBE is chief executive of Cambridge House, a London-based charity tackling poverty, social inequity and injustice. Karin has over 35 years’ leadership experience in social action charities specialising in the development of social policy and practice, diversity and inclusion and the delivery of community empowerment services.
Awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours for services to social justice, and the Lifetime Achiever Award at the 2016 Excellence in Diversity Awards, Karin is currently Chair of the Race Equality Foundation, a trustee of the Felix Project, a non-executive director and audit and risk committee member of the Ministry of Justice’s Office of the Public Guardian and a core member of the Better Way Network.
Previously, Karin held roles as the chief executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, the Tabernacle Centre for Arts and Learning and the Minorities Arts Advisory Service.
Past non-executive roles include parliamentary appointments to the Economic and Social Research Council and the Legal Services Board Consumer Panel, she was the UK representative on the Global Social Economy Forum, a member of the Wellcome Trust’s Understanding Patient Data Advisory Committee, the founding chair of Kensington and Chelsea’s Race Equality Partnership, chair of an MPS Independent Advisory Panel on Race and chair of the Black Art Gallery.
Recent published articles include ‘Listening to each other’; ‘Radical Listening’; ‘Insights from a black veteran chief executive’; ‘Heart of the Community’ and ‘Diversity, Migration and Urban Multiculture’.