Movement for Change is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Perera as its new Chief Executive. In her role as our Head of Innovation, Kathryn has been central to the development of Movement for Change since its establishment as a national organisation in 2011. She brings to the post a deep understanding of Community Organising and a clear sense of the purpose and potential of Movement for Change. On her appointment Kathryn said: “This is an exciting time for Movement for Change as we look to build on the work of our first year as a national organisation, under the leadership of Blair McDougall. Having worked closely with our excellent team and Board since Movement for Change was founded, I look forward to building on our existing strengths as we take the organisation forward.”
At the same time, Madlin Sadler will become Chair of the Board and will work closely with Kathryn on strategy and developing the organisation. Welcoming Kathryn’s appointment, Madlin said: “Kathryn is a formidable community organiser with real passion and commitment. I’m looking forward to supporting Kathryn in her new role and helping to build on the great work already happening in Movement for Change.”
Over the past year, Movement for Change has established itself as the home of Community Organising in the Labour Movement. We have built an exciting partnership with Community Union, helping to train Labour activists and offer intensive support to local Labour Parties in Scotland. Our campaign with women in South London is spreading and is focused on taking practical action on issues like illegal mini-cabs, and ensuring bouncers are properly trained to support women in vulnerable situations. Meanwhile our voter registration drive in early 2012 helped establish new ways of working in wards across London. Working with UNISON and Labour Students young activists, we trained in Manchester University and won the Living Wage for all workers on campus in Britain’s largest university. Living Wage Campaigns are now building on campuses in almost every city in the UK. And our work on new campaigns is gathering national recognition, from local business forums to legal loansharking and community buying.
These two appointments represent an exciting phase in Movement for Change’s development. To find out more and join our work, visit www.movementforchange.org.uk