December 14, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

Becky Hogge to be new ORG Executive Director

I'm delighted to announce that Becky Hogge is going to be taking over from me as ORG's new full-time Executive Director on 15 January 2007. We had some great applicants for the post, but Becky shone as someone who will be able to bring ORG many new successes over the coming months and years. Becky joins us from Open Democracy, where she worked first as Managing Editor, then as Technology Director. She's been writing campaigning journalism on digital rights for several years, and she has a lot of experience in bootstrapping young organisations, particularly in the not-for-profit world. We've already done some work with Becky, who drafted the Release The Music briefing pack, so I look forward to more great things from her! I will be moving to a position on the ORG Board, from where I hope to do a lot more blogging and policy writing, and can help Becky steer ORG through what are some really complicated waters. The last year and a half has been an astonishing success - I don't think any of us thought that ORG would have as much influence now as it has shown in the past weeks with the Gowers Review, and I am very proud of what we have achieved. I couldn't possibly have done it without help from ORG's Board and Advisory Council, and of course, Michael Holloway our Operations Manager, and the various volunteers who help keep ORG going. You all know who you are, and you know how grateful I am for your help. I hope you will show Becky the same kindness and support that you have given me. It's not without some sadness that I prepare to leave the position of Executive Director. ORG feels like my baby. But I know that Becky is going to do an excellent job, and I'm genuinely excited to be working with her. I know she's going to share my vision for ORG's future, and that she'll bring her own ideas and opinions to the table to make sure that we keep up our pioneering work. After all, we've already scored an unprecedented victory over term extension, and I'm sure that there'll be a lot more work to do to secure that. Becky is going to be our first full-time member of staff, so it's more important than ever that we all continue our donations - a fiver a month is all we ask. And Becky will ensure that we continue to get a great return on our donation!

Comments (7)

  1. The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » Welcome to Becky Hogge!:
    Jan 15, 2007 at 06:58 PM

    [...] ORG Board < Becky Hogge to be new ORG Executive Director [...]

  2. Matt Oakes:
    Dec 15, 2006 at 12:28 AM

    Suw, you really have made The Open Rights Group work well so far. Hopefully you will still be around?

    And good luck Becky, I look forward to seeing The Open Rights Group get better overt the next year :D

  3. Jon Grant:
    Dec 15, 2006 at 02:09 AM

    Best wishes for the future Suw, you've done a great job..! ..and congratulations Becky!

  4. Suw Charman:
    Dec 15, 2006 at 10:36 AM

    Thank you all so much! It's been an amazing year. I certainly will be staying very much involved with org - in fact you may actually see more of me!

  5. James Governor:
    Dec 14, 2006 at 01:00 PM

    Suw - you are my Woman Of the year. Your contributions to British Life should not be underestimated.

  6. Becky Hogge:
    Dec 14, 2006 at 01:50 PM

    I second that - congratulations on a successful term of office, Suw. You'll be a hard act to follow.

  7. machine envy » New job!:
    Dec 14, 2006 at 02:42 PM

    [...] Suw Charman, ORG’s outgoing Exec Director, has just posted the announcement on the ORG website. I’m looking forward to working with her, ORG’s Ops Manager Michael Holloway, and the incredibly diverse and talented group of people who make up ORG’s board, advisory council and army of expert volunteers. [...]