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2020 Webinar: Society Street in Conversation: Leading Through Turbulent Times

As the chief exec of a large charity with a social justice agenda which focusses on the rights of women and girls globally, Girish Menon brings a broad view to the challenges of leading through turbulent times, relevant to all of us. Katy Amberley is the chief exec of the British Society for Haematology and was keen to invite Girish to speak to us at Society Street to explore what increased global uncertainty means for those of us leading our mission-driven organizations: both for the organizations, but also for us as individuals.

Society Street brings together leaders and future leaders of professional and academic societies to look holistically at their organizations, and to foster discussion, learning, and the sharing of insights and experiences of transforming learned societies into modern and relevant organizations. COVID-19 put a temporary stop to in-person conferences – and instead, Society Street implemented a program of webinars. Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer these 1-hour webinars at no cost to attendees.

Girish Menon

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Chief Executive of ActionAid UK

Girish Menon, Chief Executive of ActionAid UK, has worked in social development for over three decades. He started his career with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, an Indian NGO, and followed this with stints at ActionAid, Plan India and DfID India. Prior to his current appointment, Girish worked for WaterAid UK, in London, for ten years. As WaterAid’s deputy CEO and Director of International Programmes, he held responsibility of supporting their work in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Girish has served on the boards of various not-for-profit organisations. He is currently Trustee of the Disaster and Emergency Committee (DEC) and on the Board of ActionAid Netherlands. He is a keen blogger, active on social media and was named one of the Top 25 Social CEOs in 2018. Girish has also served on the TEF Panel of the Office for Students and is a regular speaker at a number of events on a wide range of issues around international develop, leadership, organisational culture, diversity and inclusion.

Katy Amberley

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CEO, British Society for Haematology

Katy graduated from London University with a degree in French and Spanish; she also has an MA in Medieval Studies. She bobbed around the job market for a few years before working for a firm of architects where she spent her time turning the partners’ terrible handwritten notes into polished letters. She fell into the world of membership bodies in 1999, when she went to work for NADFAS (now The Arts Society), and has been there ever since. She joined BSH in 2007 and became Chief Executive in 2017. There she leads a diverse staff team of 11 as the Society navigates its way through the Covid-19 era, adapting to the need for new ways of working and supporting its membership.

Sam Burrell

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Consultant, Renew Consultants

(Speaker in 2019) Sam is a consultant with Renew Publishing Consultants. She has been consulting for five years, working with societies, publishers, technology providers and intermediaries across a wide range of projects. Her core expertise is in strategic marketing, product development, and platforms. She started in the industry in 1999, and has worked in marketing, product management, project management and leadership positions.

Tracy Gardner

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Consultant, at Renew Consultants

Tracy has been consulting since 2004, working with societies, publishers and intermediaries on a wide range of projects including product development, strategic marketing and business development. She is a researcher and co-author for the How Readers Discover Content reports which have been published every 3 years since 2005. She has worked in scholarly communications since 1997, when she joined CatchWord as Marketing Manager, and later worked at CABI as head of marketing and product development.

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2020 Webinar: Society Street in Conversation: Leading Through Turbulent Times

As the chief exec of a large charity with a social justice agenda which focusses on the rights of women and girls globally, Girish Menon brings a broad view to the challenges of leading through turbulent times, relevant to all of us. Katy Amberley is the chief exec of the British Society for Haematology and was keen to invite Girish to speak to us at Society Street to explore what increased global uncertainty means for those of us leading our mission-driven organizations: both for the organizations, but also for us as individuals.