New appointments to Cochrane’s Governing Board

The Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Howe as Co-Chair and Karen Kelly as a new member

Governing Board Co-Chair: Tracey Howe

Cochrane’s Governing Board has appointed Professor Tracey Howe as its new Co-Chair from 1st September 2020.  She will work alongside fellow Co-Chair Catherine Marshall, and replace Martin Burton, who will be stepping down in August, after serving six years on the Board, three as Co-Chair. 

Professor Howe is Director of the Cochrane-Campbell Global Ageing Partnership and is based in Glasgow, UK. She was elected as a Governing Board member (Trustee) in July 2017, served as Treasurer from October 2018 to March 2019, and is a member of the Board’s Governance, and Finance Audit & Investment Committees. 

Outside Cochrane, Tracey works with the World Health Organization on the decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-30 and has previously been involved on various committees of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in England, and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. In addition, she has worked extensively with the Cochrane Consumer Network since 2003, and as a Cochrane author, editor and former Co-ordinating Editor. She has experience in public engagement and knowledge translation, championing the consumer voice in health care, disseminating research into practice and initiating, driving and delivering large-scale science communication to the public - including the achievement of a Guinness World Record for the largest hand hygiene lesson involving over 5,500 children, 60 primary schools and 160 student nurses in Glasgow. 

Co-Chair, Catherine Marshall says: “Tracey has been an active member on Cochrane’s Governing Board and of organizations at all levels from local community initiatives through to European-based charities. Tracey has experience in leading international collaborative partnerships and these experiences will be a significant asset to Cochrane. I look forward to working with her as Co-Chair of the Governing Board from September 2020. The Board has greatly appreciated Martin Burton’s contribution as Co-Chair and will have time to recognize his valuable contribution in the coming months.”

Of her appointment, Tracey, says: “It is a great privilege and honor for me to be named as Co-Chair of the Board of Cochrane, which has such an incredible history and esteemed reputation. I am excited to work alongside Co-Chair Catherine Marshall to lead our talented and strategic-minded Board, senior management team and wider incredible global Cochrane community who have such strong skills and depth of experiences in producing and disseminating high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence that informs health and health care.” 

Governing Board member: Karen Kelly 

The Board has also appointed Karen Kelly as a Trustee for Cochrane. Karen has had a successful career as an accountant and financial leader in the public sector and since leaving full time employment in 2012, has been developing her interests in a wider range of organizations through consultancy, training and non-executive roles. She currently holds three other board positions with a National Health Service board, a Further Education College, and a national charity. All these organizations are based in Scotland, and Karen is excited to add to her portfolio by joining Cochrane, with its much wider geographical reach. 

Karen brings extensive experience in financial management, UK governance, and strategic planning to complement the diverse skillsets of other Board members. Her appointment is for three years, starting immediately. The Board is delighted to welcome her.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020