Pankhurst Trust appoints TV and film producer as next chair

Manchester based charity the Pankhurst Trust, which provides domestic violence support services and runs suffragette museum the Pankhurst Centre, has named Caroline Roberts-Cherry as its next chair of board of trustees.

TV producer Roberts-Cherry is managing director of TV and film production company Saffron Cherry Productions and replaces outgoing chair Louise Sutherland, who has completed two terms leading the charity’s board.

She takes over as the Pankhurst Centre reopens following closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is t reopen with a “reimagined visitor experience”, called “at home with the Pankhurst Family”, according to the charity.

“We want to play our part in making Greater Manchester a safer, kinder and more equal city for women and girls, recognising that we first have to address the fact that the pandemic we have been living through has disproportionately affected women,” said Roberts-Cherry.

“We want to get back to normal, but to aim for this normal to be better.”

The charity’s chief executive Gail Heath added: “What we have achieved over the last six years with Louise Sutherland at the helm has been incredible, the Trust was a fledgling organisation and she helped us to fly.

“We now warmly welcome Caroline to the Pankhurst Trust, and are very excited about the next part of the journey.

“It’s one that begins with great challenges as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, but is also a pivotal moment for the Pankhurst Centre with our new permanent exhibition set to completely reimagine the visitor experience and the role that we have to play as an organisation.”

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