23 July 2013

UNICEF UK has appointed Ilse Howling, Managing Director of Freeview, as the first female Chair of our Board of Trustees.

Howling has been part of our Board since July 2009. Her appointment means we're one of only four UK charities with equal male and female representation on the board.

With a background in marketing and communications, Howling spent 12 years at the BBC, most recently leading its digital marketing function. She also worked within the corporation's programme making and radio divisions, and spent a spell as a news producer on BBC Radio Five Live. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Ilse Howling as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees," said Lord Ashdown, President of UNICEF UK. "She brings an impressive track record as a trustee, plus a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills, especially in digital innovation and broadcast media. We are all looking forward to working closely with Ilse, particularly as UNICEF UK strives to become a truly digital first organisation across our work on fundraising and advocacy to improve the lives of the world's children." 

Howling said: "Taking on this role is a great privilege. UNICEF has a strong track record in making a real difference to the lives of the children – children who need our help now more than ever before. I’m really looking forward to working with its outstanding team and Board of Trustees to champion children’s rights in new and innovative ways.

"As a working parent, I understand how important it is to focus on the needs of children, and the challenges many children face. UNICEF couldn't help all the children it does without the continued generosity of our supporters in the UK who give to us even when times are tough." 

Ms Howling replaces David Stanton, who has stepped down after nine years in the role.

New UNICEF UK Chair Ilse Howling. © UNICEF UK/Joe English
New UNICEF UK Chair Ilse Howling.© UNICEF UK/Joe English