ContinYou appoints new Chief Executive

ContinYou appoints new Chief Executive

Karin Woodley has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of ContinYou, one of the UK’s leading community learning organisations.

From 2005 to 2009 Karin was Chief Executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – a national charity committed to increasing the number of young people pursuing a career in urban design, as well as furthering the personal development of those whose life chances are constrained by economic, cultural and social hardship. Since leaving the Trust, Karin has been instrumental in establishing another charity – Sheila’s Trust, which specialises in providing support to the families of dementia sufferers.

Ian Caulfield, Chair of Trustees at ContinYou, says: ‘We are very excited about the new appointment. Karin brings significant leadership experience from the voluntary and community sector, and has strong fundraising, people management, business planning and communication skills.’

Karin Woodley says: ‘ContinYou has a strong tradition of improving the lives of children and families, community learning and tackling inequalities. As a leader in this field, I’m excited about the opportunity to strengthen ContinYou’s mission to open up learning opportunities to those who have gained least from formal education. I will work hard to ensure ContinYou builds on its well-established reputation for delivering high-quality programmes and support services in the fields of extended services, family learning, health improvement and supplementary education.’
As well as being a prolific public speaker and freelance trainer, Karin has also served on a wide range of committees and boards, including her recent Lord Chancellor appointment to the Legal Services Board Consumer Panel, and as founder and chair of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Metropolitan Police Independent Advisory Group of Race.


2005 to 2009: Chief Executive, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
2000 to 2005: Director, Tabernacle Trust
1990 to 2000: Deputy Director, Arkwright Arts Trust
1987 to 1990: Partner, Keya Associates
1983 to 1989: Chief Executive, Minorities’ Arts Advisory Service

Further press information

To arrange an interview with Karin Woodley, or a member of ContinYou’s Leadership Team, email or call her on 024 7658 8446.