New Trustees Recruited Ahead of New HQ Launch

We are pleased to announce the appointment of six new trustees, recently recruited to diversify and bolster our Board. This comes at a pivotal time as we prepare to unveil our new flagship building in Southwark, London in late spring 2022.

The new trustees joined in late 2021 following an open and rigorous competition designed to fill specific vacancies. The appointments followed an externally facilitated governance review in early 2021 which identified several skills gaps and a need to both refresh and strengthen our Board to bring a broader perspective and safeguard our future sustainability. The new appointments will underpin our financial and operational growth and help to deliver on our renewed purpose, mission, and vision.

The newly appointed trustees are Ethel Tambudzai, Kerryn Greenberg, John Mensah, Julian Boiatey, Audrey Mpunzwana, and Gosia Brzezinska. Collectively, the new trustees bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. They join seven existing trustees led by our Chair, Oba Nsugbe QC, who said: “We are thrilled to welcome on board fresh talent and perspectives to help in our mission to educate about, connect to, and advocate for Africa. Our new trustees bring with them not just youthful energy but also a wealth of expertise across areas as diverse as fundraising, governance, and entrepreneurship. They will be an undoubted asset to the charity going forward”

Audrey Mpunzwana said: “The Africa Centre has a rich history of promoting cultural exchange, creative expression, entrepreneurship, and innovation dating back to the 1960s. I am delighted to be joining the Board at this time as we build on the Charity’s past successes while delivering our exciting and forward-looking mission to our diverse stakeholders in London and beyond”. 

Julian Boaitey, was recruited alongside Ethel Tambudzai as a young Trustee to lead the charge in drawing more young people to The Africa Centre. He said: “I’m honoured to have been selected as one of the new young trustees. I’ve been involved with the centre for many years now and I’m excited to leverage my experience in helping shape the future of the centre and the incredible work that is being done”

We are developing an exciting range of activities to celebrate our launch. We have bold ambitions to scale our programmes in order to reach more diverse communities with rich and authentic Africa-inspired experiences. Our staff and trustees are currently preparing to welcome everyone to the new home for contemporary African culture and heritage in London. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks.

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