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Professor Dorothy Griffiths OBE reappointed Chair for three more years

08 December 2016

CNWL’s Council of Governors  have unanimously reappointed Professor Dorothy Griffiths – Dot – for a further three years.

She said: “I am delighted to be reappointed as the Chair of CNWL for a further term. This is a fantastic Trust which does wonderful work supporting people in many different ways and in many different situations. I am very proud to be able to be part of it.”

Councillor Ketan Sheth, who is the elected Lead Governor, said: “Dot has steered the organisation well – at the Council and the Board of Directors. She has great integrity, lives the true spirit of public service and is a very caring and supportive leader.”

The Governors – all unpaid voluntary posts - hold the Non Executive Directors to account and make senior Board appointments. The public can join the Trust and stand for election as a Governor.

Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive said: “This post is a very demanding one; responsible for running the Board of Directors and holding Executives to account, but also chairing the Governors and setting our strategic goals, overseeing the success we’ve had. Dot has the difficult conversations and does it very well; it’s great to have her counsel and support for another three years.”


Professor Griffiths has been CNWL Chair since 2013 and a non-executive director since 2000. She has degrees in sociology from London and Bath Universities. Prior to joining CNWL she was Dean of the Imperial College Business School and Professor of Human Resource Management. She has consulted widely in the areas of human resource management for many major organisations and has a long been interested in the position of women in management, science and technology.

She helped establish and is now Chair of the Feminist Review Trust which funds projects to support the empowerment of women across the globe. As part of her commitment to public service she is chair of the governing body of a primary school and is on the governing body of a secondary school close to where she lives. In 2010 she was awarded an OBE for services to higher education

Dot is a member of the Higher Education Academy. In 2004 she was elected a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI). In 2010 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Higher Education and made a Fellow of the RSA.

She has written and co-authored numerous articles for international publications and academic collections. She has also acted as a consultant to a number of public sector and private sector organisations including the BBC, BP, Institute of Directors, National Grid, Securicor, the Institute of Development Studies and Unilever.

Full list of CNWL’s Governors is here: - majority elected by members, patients, carers and staff along with some representing stakeholders like Local Authorities.

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