We are delighted to welcome Karen Ann Josephides, People Director at Arsenal Football Club, as a new trustee and non-executive company director of Cotswold Archaeology. Karen Ann says
“The Trustee role at CA is a great opportunity and privilege. I have experience of both working in business and for a Charity. This role provides an ideal avenue for me to contribute to the valuable archaeological and heritage services work, and another way for me to integrate fully into the Cotswolds Community, having purchased a property in Gloucestershire last year.
Despite my lack of recent practice, I have never lost my passion for archaeology. I developed my interest at a very young age. The three years I spent studying archaeology at Durham, were some of the best of my life. I majored on Roman Britain and thoroughly enjoyed my digs at Shiptonthorpe. I analysed a huge amount of wood and drew many artefacts in my spare time for Professor Martin Millett which were published in one of the Shiptonthorpe volumes. Happy days!
I’ve worked in business since leaving university. I’ve always had a strong performance focused work ethic. I am the People Director for Arsenal Football Club and have been with the Premier League Club since 2010. I lead a team of Equality, HR and Safeguarding professionals. The football world within which I operate on a daily basis is extremely demanding and fast paced and it is now the time for me to engage in my personal interests again, which have been very much neglected over recent years. I’m relishing the opportunity to get more involved and help support the fantastic work CA does in supplying heritage services and increasing awareness of the past.
I am also a Trustee for Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, an organisation that through the power of music therapy enriches lives. I have an MSc in Strategic Human Resources Management. I am also a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development and a member of the Governments Disability Confident Business Leaders Group which engages with the business community on disability employment”.