Equality Trust chief appointed to top job at family history charity

Wanda Wyporska
Wanda Wyporska

Wanda Wyporska, chief executive of The Equality Trust for the past five years, has been appointed to the top job at the family history charity the Society of Genealogists.

Wyporska, who is a trustee of the charity leaders body Acevo, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the youth charity Redthread, is also a historian and a visiting research fellow at the University of York.

She succeeds June Perrin, who retired in December after almost 20 years at the society.

Wyporska, who will join the charity in October, said: “Having spent the happiest years of my life in libraries and archives, it is a real privilege to be taking up this role.

“Studying our family history is a wonderful way of finding out more about ourselves and where we come from, and the Society of Genealogists helps people to discover their own place in history.”

Ed Percival, chair of the Society of Genealogists, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Wanda into this role at such an exciting time for the Society of Genealogists.

"We are in the midst of an ambitious transformation, which will see us move to new premises, transform our membership services and forge new partnerships.

“Not only does Wanda bring significant experience as a CEO and leader in the voluntary sector, but also, crucially for the society and its members, she brings a real passion for social history.”

The charity, which was founded in 1911 and had an income of £684,000 in 2019, sold its building last year in order to survive.

Its accounts for 2019 say the move released funds that could be invested into a brighter future for the charity.

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