The Reading Agency has appointed Karen Napier as its new c.e.o., as Sue Wilkinson retires.
Napier has spent the last few years as chief executive at Wac Arts, whose mission is to empower young people to change their worlds through the arts.
Matthew Littleford, chair of The Reading Agency’s Board of Trustees said: “I am absolutely delighted that Karen is joining us at The Reading Agency. She has drive, enthusiasm, passion and vision and is a skilled and ambitious leader. The Trustees are really looking forward to working with her and, together, taking our brilliant organisation through the next stage of its development.”
Napier’s previous appointments include executive director of the Swarovski Foundation, director of development at the Southbank Centre leading the £111 million transformation of the Royal Festival Hall, and the first associate dean of advancement at London Business School. She takes over as c.e.o. from Wilkinson who is retiring this month having led The Reading Agency since January 2014.
Napier said: “I am really delighted to be joining The Reading Agency. There has never been a more needed or important time in our society for the kind of work that is at the heart of the charity's mission.
“Sue Wilkinson has been an incredible leader over the last few years. I am grateful for her generosity of spirit and support as she hands on the baton and I wish her a wonderful, well deserved and exciting retirement.
“There is a real opportunity over the coming years to deepen the impact of The Reading Agency and to widen its engagement even further. I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues, Arts Council England and all the fantastic and committed partners across the country, as we continue to build a nation of lifelong readers together."