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Su-Mei Thompson appointed CEO of Media Trust

Su-Mei Thompson appointed CEO of Media Trust

Su-Mei Thompson is to join as its new CEO, taking over from founder and previous CEO Caroline Diehl, who has stepped down after 23 years at the helm.

Thompson will take up the Media Trust post in September this year, following eight years as CEO at The Women’s Foundation. Prior to this, she held senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s in Asia.

Thompson joins Media Trust with a brief to drive a five-year growth strategy to scale up media volunteer engagement, working in partnership with the media industry to provide volunteer skills, mentoring and other resources to charitable organisations and marginalised communities that need expert communications support.

Thompson said:

“I feel very privileged to have been invited by Media Trust to build on the strong foundations established by founder and former CEO, Caroline Diehl, MBE, the Board of Trustees and its staff over the last 23 years. I believe there is tremendous potential to expand Media Trust’s network and sphere of influence, leveraging talent and resources from the media industry to empower even more charities and marginalised communities to get their story across and have a voice.”

Richard Eyre, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Media Trust, said:

“Su-Mei was the outstanding candidate from an open process in which the board was advised by Saxton Bampfylde. All of us at Media Trust are excited by the expertise and energy she will bring. In the meantime, Frances Lang, Media Trust’s former COO, will continue as our highly capable Interim CEO, working with Su-Mei over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition.”

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Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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