Parentkind appoints Karen Wespieser as new Trustee


Parentkind is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Wespieser to the charity’s Board of Trustees, who officially took up the role on 18 September 2018.

Currently Director of Operations at the Driver Youth Trust, Karen brings with her a wealth of experience as a social researcher, where she has led studies in the education sector for more than ten years. Hugely passionate about increasing and communicating the use of evidence in education to affect change in the lives and outcomes of young people, Karen will support Parentkind in its mission to encourage greater parental engagement to achieve the same end.

Through her work she has championed the ways parents can participate in education and have their voices heard, having written numerous academic papers, policy briefings and articles on the issue.

Karen was previously Head of Impact at the National Foundation for Economic Research (NFER), Director of the Centre for Education Economics (CfEE) and is the founder of #UKEdResChat, a regular twitter chat for those interested in all aspects of educational research.

Karen Wespieser said:
“I am very much looking forward to this new challenge. Parentkind is an organisation that I have long admired and I am delighted to be able to join them in this new role”.

Michelle Doyle Wildman, Acting CEO of Parentkind, commented:
“We are delighted to have Karen on board. She is well-respected in the education arena and her experience and skills will help Parentkind drive forward our parental engagement agenda in schools, with policymakers and among parents themselves. As a school governor and mum of two, Karen not only brings her professional skills to bear, but also those of a parent very much involved in her children’s education. We look forward to working with Karen over the months and years to come and are confident her appointment will fully complement that of her fellow trustees at Parentkind.”

Parentkind is still seeking other talented Trustees. If this interests you please take a look at the role here.

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