August 16, 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

The board of directors of Govern for Impact is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Fryday-Field as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer. Karen is well-known in the governance community, having contributed to the International Policy Governance Association from its inception.  She has supported IPGA in myriad ways: as conference chair, in leadership positions in key standing committees, and by regularly presenting on the theory and practice of Policy Governance to name just a few. Her joyful exuberance even spills over into the exercise modules she often leads at our annual conference. She has been recognized by the organization on more than one occasion for exceptional contributions, including IPGA’s highest award for Distinguished Service in 2017.

For the past 20 years, Karen has been the founding principal of Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting, providing consulting services in governance, strategic thinking and organisation development.  Her career of leadership in the health sector and her record of community service are both extensive. She currently chairs the board of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, the only women’s university in Canada. Karen will continue as Senior Consultant at Meridian Edge Consulting while she serves as Govern for Impact CEO.

In recent months Karen served, along with Michael Palmer of Treeline Associates, as co-interim CEO of Govern for Impact.  She was identified for that position in the 2017 succession plan of Caroline Oliver, the visionary leader at the center of Govern for Impact’s emergence. 

As we transition to this new stage of growth, the board of Govern for Impact also wishes to pause to acknowledge Michael Palmer for the inspired work he provided both as co-interim CEO and Managing Director. His stewardship has been invaluable and is deeply appreciated by us all.  Michael will now resume the role of Managing Director.

Govern for Impact is at a watershed in its development.  At its recent conference in Savannah, Georgia, significant constitutional changes were made to broaden the organization’s scope toward global access to effective, owner-accountable governance.  At this important juncture, the board of directors could not be more pleased that a person of Karen’s passion, capability and experience will lead the organisation into this new and exciting future.

On behalf of the Govern for Impact Board of Directors,

Hartger Wassink
Board Chair