Nordoff Robbins are proud to announce that Karen Ann Allchurch, People Director for Arsenal Football Club has been appointed as a Board member and Trustee for the charity.

Karen Ann has been with Arsenal since 2010 and has built and manages a team of HR, Learning and Development and Safeguarding professionals.  Karen Ann is commercially astute with a demonstrable track record of success in formulating and delivering the club’s diverse people strategy across a global operation. 

With particular flair for Employee Engagement and Learning & Development initiatives, Karen Ann has delivered a significant number of training and employee advocacy interventions aimed at supporting the recruitment, retention and development of key people across the club.  This has resulted in ensuring the continuous identification and retention of key talent.  This experience will allow Karen Ann to bring a wealth of expertise and insight into her role as a Trustee at Nordoff Robbins, where she will have HR and Safeguarding responsibility.       

Karen Ann is also actively involved in mentoring and providing Business Partner support to the Senior Leadership Team.  Ensuring Corporate Governance, Risk and Compliance frameworks to protect the club and its fans/stakeholders is a key deliverable of the role.  Karen Ann joined Arsenal with a wealth of experience gained at senior level with over seven years spent in the travel industry as Head of HR – Operations with easy Jet and prior to this as Head of Human Resources at First Choice. 

Karen Ann is a member of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation Good Recruitment Advisory panel, has a MSC in Human Resources Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Nordoff Robbins Chairman David Munns said: ” The Nordoff Robbins Board of Trustees are thrilled that Karen Ann has agreed to join our Board and give her valuable time, knowledge and insight as we continue to forge ahead with our ambitious plans to expand our services to more areas of the UK. Karen Ann has already made an extensive contribution to the charity’s development over the past couple of years so we are very excited that she will now be bringing her HR and development expertise to us, enabling us to further safeguard our colleagues and beneficiaries as we continue to reach more people who need us with our life changing music therapy.”

CEO of Arsenal Football Club, Ivan Gazidis said: “For some time Karen Ann has played an active part in supporting and developing Nordoff Robbins outside of her role at Arsenal and it is only natural that both Karen Ann and this fantastic charity would like to develop the relationship further with this appointment.  Karen Ann will be an enormous asset to the charity and it will be great for Karen Ann’s own development – something which she champions for others at the club.  We wish Karen Ann and Nordoff Robbins all the best with this appointment.”

We warmly welcome Karen Ann to Nordoff Robbins, and look forward to seeing her contributions strengthen our work as an organisation.