At its Annual General Meeting on the 3rd December 28 Too Many appointed two new trustees to its Board of Trustees and accepted the resignation of Ros Pateman who was one of the charity's founder trustees.
Ros, together with fellow founder trustees, helped establish 28 Too Many as a registered UK charity to fight against FGM in Africa and across the global diaspora. After serving on the Board for 18 months, Ros is stepping down from a formal role with 28 Too Many as part of her retirement from charity and mission work after a long and distinguished career dedicated to improving the lives of others.
The new appointees are:
Karen Walkden – Karen is a chartered psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working in business, charity and local authority settings. She brings knowledge of governance and capacity building to 28 Too Many as well as a knowledge of safeguarding issues across different faiths and cultures. Karen has been appointed as Vice Chair and Company Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Anya Stern – Anya is a Programme and Monitoring Manager at London Community Foundation (LCF) and is also studying for an MSc in Development Studies. She previously studied law, with a particular focus on human rights. Before joining LCF Anya worked in community and international development including running Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls for three years where she became particularly interested in gender issues and work led by, and benefitting, women and girls.
Chair and Executive Director, Dr Ann-Marie Wilson said, “we are very grateful to Ros, who has made a great contribution to 28 Too Many and we will miss her as trustee. However we are delighted that she will be remaining an active supporter of our work and wish her a long and happy retirement.
“We are also pleased that Karen and Anya are joining the Board of Trustees. They add legal, charity management, child protection and women’s rights expertise and we look forward to working with them in the coming years. 28 Too Many’s vision is a world where every woman is safe, healthy and lives free from female genital mutilation and the knowledge and experience these new Trustees bring will enhance our ability to deliver on this vision."