Chair and chief executive of the Nominet Trust step down

Chief executive Annika Small and chair Lord Knight of Weymouth have both decided to leave the social technology funder as it enters what it calls its 'next phase of development'

Lord Knight of Weymouth, left, and Annika Small
Lord Knight of Weymouth, left, and Annika Small

The chair and chief executive of the social technology funder the Nominet Trust have stepped down as the charity enters what it calls its "next phase of development".

A statement from the charity said that Annika Small, who has been chief executive of the charity since 2010, "has decided that this is a good time to step down", and that Lord Knight of Weymouth, a Labour peer who has been its chair since 2013, "is also using this opportunity to stand down as chair".

The statement said that the trust would have a renewed focus on grant giving, and the charity had provided start-up funding to "explore the potential of a new centre focused on the acceleration of ‘tech for good’".

The next round in the charity’s grants programme will open as planned in the autumn, the trust said.

The charity declined to make further comment on the reasons for the departures or other details about the trust’s future plans.

Vicki Hearn, who has worked for the charity since the start of 2011, most recently as its head of operations, has been named as the new chief executive. No information has been given about a new chair.

The charity was established in January 2008 by the internet registry Nominet, receiving initial funding of £5m. In the year to 30 April 2014, the charity had an income of £6.1m – made up of £6m from Nominet, with the rest coming from its investments. It made grants totalling £6.8m in the year.

Small is also on the board of Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, the £100m government-backed charity that was launched last month.

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