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Announcing Irise’s new CEO….

We’re delighted to welcome Chrissy Cattle as Irise’s new CEO! 

Chrissy, who will join Irise in April 2024, is moving on from her role as Foundation Manager of the Old Dart Foundation, a grantmaking organisation partnering with social change actors in Peru and Papua New Guinea. Since graduating from a Masters in Environmental Change and International Development at the University of Sheffield, Chrissy has worked with small international organisations for over a decade, collaborating to develop strategy, fundraising and communications. She is a Trustee of Papua Partners, an organisation which accompanies indigenous human rights defenders in occupied West Papua and an organising member of the Grant Givers’ Movement. Chrissy lives in Walkley, Sheffield with her partner and their dog. 

Taking on this role, Chrissy shared that:

“It’s an honour to join Irise as it moves into a second decade after 10 years of Emily’s transformational leadership. I have greatly admired Irise’s commitment to feminist values of non-hierarchical decision-making, courage and sharing of power. As an ally which stands behind young people and grassroots movement builders, both here in the UK and in East Africa, I am inspired by how Irise accompanies powerful and collective action to challenge injustice and build a world where no one is held back by their period. I can’t wait to get started in April – to spend time getting to know the team, the board of Trustees, the Empower Period Committee, and the Irise Institute East Africa, as well as of course all the many individuals and organisations which make up Irise’s global community. I look forward to sharing my experiences and perspectives as we look forward together to imagine Irise’s next phase – building upon strong foundations and harnessing the creativity of this collective of changemakers.” 

Welcome to Irise, Chrissy! 

(And Emily isn’t disappearing right away. The handover process has started, and we will keep our networks informed of what’s happening and when.)

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