APPOINTED: Karen Blackett
WPP’s UK country manager, Karen Blackett, has been named a trustee of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new charity foundation.
The voluntary position will see Blackett assist the royal couple by overseeing the running and direction of the charity once it is up and running.
Harry and Meghan’s charitable foundation will involve new initiatives around the environment and support for children and families.
The couple are establishing their new charity after a decision to set up a new Royal household, separate from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate), which a spokesman said was “in recognition the different futures the two families will have”.
The joint charity the two couples previously had together, The Royal Foundation, will now become the principle charity vehicle for the Cambridge household.
Blackett has won the Women in Marketing (WIM) Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Award, featured five times in the Power List of Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People, heading the list in 2015, the first business woman to do so.
She has also appeared in the Woman’s Hour Power List of Top 10 Influencers, and Marie Claire’s Women at the Top Awards and was awarded an OBE for her service to the media industry.