Our new Chief Executive, Philippa Crowther, took up her post at the beginning of March. A Yorkshire lady, with a background in care, for a very Yorkshire charity supporting people with sight loss


“Having come up through the ranks, which I think has given me some of my most important attributes, I have acquired a ‘toolbox’ full of all sorts of skills, every one of which will be useful in helping the Wilberforce Trust tackle the challenges it faces as a charity in Britain today”, says Philippa Crowther. Philippa has been appointed to the post of Chief Executive of the Wilberforce Trust following Keith McKee’s decision to move on to pastures new after 14 years at the helm. But most important of all, she adds, is to listen.

During the vigorous interviewing procedures for the post, many staff, tenants and volunteers had the opportunity to meet with the new CE over a buffet lunch and noted her careful listening to what they had to say.

Philippa has had her home in Yorkshire throughout her life, beginning in the Wharfedale village of Menston, where she lives now with her husband and a very large dalmatian, William. They have two sons, both of whom work in a property development business with her husband, renovating old buildings in Spain.

Philippa comes from a background of health care, starting out in health and beauty therapy but more recently running community hospitals. She has been Programme Director of Assura Medical Ltd, now Virgin Care Ltd, and Managing Director North then Group Operations Director for Nuffield Hospitals. Most recently she was Operations Director at Ultralase, the laser vision correction and wider optometry organisation.

However, she is now keen to move away from big commercial roles and employ her ‘toolbox’ in a role which will give her the opportunity to support a cause she believes in.

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