Bristol Law Centre’s Board of Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Bowers as CEO. Karen has been with the charity in a communications and development role since 2018 and has been interim CEO since December 2020.
Karen says “It is a privilege to lead this charity through challenging times for the people of Bristol and beyond, and to work with the Board and staff to securing further funding that supports us to work with local communities on their rights, to challenge unfair decisions and achieve outcomes that can avoid deepening poverty and inequality. Our work is needed more than ever as we see the effects of Covid-19 on vulnerable people’s lives”.
Karen is an expert in strategic, evidence-based communications and management and has experience across many sectors. Over the last decade, she has worked with Bristol’s charity sector in a variety of roles, gaining insight from working in frontline roles and with equality groups before working at the Law Centre.
Having been a trustee for some years, Oliver Lewis, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, was appointed Chair of Trustees in March 2021. Commenting on Karen’s appointment, Oliver said, “Karen’s unique mix of skills and experience makes her the ideal CEO for the Law Centre. As we look beyond the pandemic, Karen’s relationships with key organisations in Bristol will stand the Law Centre in good stead to meet an increasing demand from potential clients, and to promote equality and social justice locally.