Karen Ditchfield

Karen Ditchfield

Which organisation do you work for and what is your role?
I work for WISE as the Operations Director. WISE is a social enterprise with the purpose of gender balance in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the UK workforce and education. I’m responsible for our operational support functions – so people, systems and finances.

What inspires you?
Seeing people supporting others because they care about a particular cause or issue. This is something that you see across the helplines sector, on so many different and diverse topics, often when people are at their most vulnerable. It takes real skill to be able to provide this support with care and compassion. The people that do this are an inspiration.

How would you like to make a difference?
I’ve worked with a lot of helpline services and not for profit organisations over the years, and I’ve learnt so much from them, now I’m happy if my experience can be used to help others, so we can all work together to make a difference.

What motivated you to become a Helplines Partnership Trustee
The work of the helpline sector is really important and diverse. The important role it plays in supporting people often goes under the radar. I really wanted to be able to work with an organisation that champions the voice of the helpline sector and provides the people working on helplines with much-needed support.

Trustee since: 21 January 2016