LawWorks, the Solicitors Pro Bono Group, has announced that Rebecca Wilkinson has been appointed as its new CEO. Rebecca will take up the role in early May following a hand over from current CEO Martin Barnes.
Alasdair Douglas, LawWorks Chair of Trustees, said:
“We have been very lucky to have Martin Barnes as our Chief Executive for the last 7 years. Sadly for us, he is stepping down to enjoy a well-deserved semi-retirement outside London. I’d like to thank Martin for everything he has done for LawWorks and for pro bono, including our progress towards facilitating online pro bono volunteering and enabling access to justice for those without means.
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Wilkinson as Martin’s successor as CEO. Rebecca has been our Deputy CEO and Director of Programmes since 2018 and knows the pro bono sector, our organisation, our members and the voluntary sector extremely well. Rebecca brings significant previous experience to the role including, prior to joining LawWorks, managing the Law Society's pro bono and public legal education programmes as their Pro Bono and Public Legal Education Policy Adviser. Rebecca also previously worked at the Free Representation Unit, the Public Law Project and Community Service Volunteers (CSV). Rebecca is passionate about pro bono and its contribution to enabling access to justice.
The unanimous view of LawWorks Trustees was that Rebecca should be offered the CEO role and we are delighted that she has accepted.”
Rebecca Wilkinson said on her appointment as LawWorks CEO:
“I am honoured that LawWork’s trustees have put their faith in me as their next CEO, and proud to lead the next stage of our work for access to justice.
LawWorks’ members, colleagues and stakeholders’ commitment and talent demonstrates the good that professional volunteering can make in our society every day. I have spent my whole career in the volunteering and legal sector, and I have always been inspired and humbled by volunteer solicitors’ commitment to help change the lives of people they don’t know but need their aid.
Together, we can continue to grow pro bono’s reach and effectiveness. I look forward to working with all of you/our volunteering community to make it happen.”