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Sep 29th, 2021

Sue Tibballs steps down as 38 Degrees Chair

By 38 Degrees team

Sue Tibballs has stepped down after 18 months as Chair of 38 Degrees, following the conclusion of a strategic review which has set the organisation on an ambitious new path.

Recruited for her strategic and campaigning expertise to help guide the Board and organisation through this process, Sue has helped oversee a year long review which has assessed the emerging challenges our country faces, considered the opportunities they represent and set an ambitious plan to help 38 Degrees move the UK closer towards its vision of a fairer, more respectful and more sustainable country.

The organisation – which already mobilises millions of people from across the UK to get involved in campaigns on issues they care about – will look to reach and empower large swathes of the British public who aren’t already involved in campaigning for change locally or nationally, and will put people with real life experiences of campaigns front and centre.

As the organisation moves to implementing this exciting new strategy Sue, who is Chief Executive of the Sheila McKenchnie Foundation, has decided to step aside from her role leading the Board of 38 Degrees, due to competing time commitments.

Sue Tibballs, outgoing Chair, said:

“I am delighted to have helped set a direction for 38 Degrees which will see the millions of people who get involved every day have an even greater say in how our country is run.

“The process we have undertaken over the last year has engaged excellent people from across a sector which I have come to know well, alongside 38 Degrees supporters and members of the public from every corner of the country. All of whom have helped us form this plan.

“I am so excited by the scale and level of ambition 38 Degrees has set for the coming five years. From my perspective, it is a job well done and I leave the organisation in the hands of a Chair, Board and staff team focused on empowering people to get involved in campaigns which will help our country become fairer, more respectful and more sustainable.”

Richard Lackmann, incoming Chair, said:

“Sue’s skills and experience in strategy and her networks in this broad and varied sector have been invaluable throughout the course of this strategic review.

“Her guidance and challenge have set us on an ambitious path which will mean we can raise our sights and ambitions for the millions of people who take time out of their days to get involved in campaigns through 38 Degrees. I want to thank Sue for everything she’s done in leading the Board over the past 18 months.”

38 Degrees brings together more than two million people from every corner of the UK to advocate for change. Since 2008, the organisation has helped millions of people make real change happen, from campaigning against a damaging No Deal Brexit to campaigning on the impact of trade deals on food standards, to fighting for a real pay rise for frontline NHS staff.

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