PCaW announces new Chief Executive

18th October 2017

Public Concern at Work (PCaW) have appointed a new Chief Executive, Francesca West. Francesca is succeeding Cathy James, who is standing down after 12 years at PCaW and six years as Chief Executive.

Francesca steps into the role after 10 years with the charity as Legal Officer, Director of Policy and Deputy Chief Executive. A qualified, practicing solicitor and non-practicing barrister, Francesca has substantial experience of advising people how and when to raise a concern at work. She also has specialist expertise in advising organisations how best to implement and improve effective arrangements for staff to speak up.

Chairman of PCaW, Paul Boyle, said “On behalf of the Trustees I am very grateful to Cathy for the huge contribution she has made to PCaW over the past 12 years. Congratulations to Francesca who is no stranger to PCaW. It is a very exciting time as we approach our 25th anniversary in 2018 and I look forward to working with her and the PCaW team to start making whistleblowing work for many, many more organisations.”

Cathy James will be taking up a new role with PCaW. She said “I am hugely proud of the achievements of the charity. I look forward to new challenges with PCaW to deliver the much needed change required among UK businesses to make whistleblowing work.”

On her appointment, Francesca said, “We know many workers and organisations need more support to ensure wrongdoing is identified as early as possible. I am delighted to step up into the role and look forward to growing PCaW and the expert services and advice it gives helping whistleblowers and organisations”.