Susie Hargreaves takes the helm

05 September 2011

Susie Hargreaves today (5 September) starts as Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation.

Susie was selected for the position in May and replaces Peter Robbins who led the organisation for nine years.

Susie has worked in the Charity sector for more than 25 years, most recently as CEO of The Society of Dyers & Colourists and previously in a range of senior positions including running a number of membership organisations.

Prior to this she ran her own consultancy business specialising in business development, events, marketing and membership for the charity and not-for-profit sector. She started her career in the cultural sector where she worked as a manager of theatre companies and venues and was CEO of Audiences Yorkshire, the UK’s largest cultural marketing agency.

In January 2010, she was chosen to take part in Dishaa, an Anglo/Indian government initiative to bring together 25 leaders from both UK and India from all sectors to find solutions to major international issues.

In 2007 she chaired the Salzburg Global Seminar programmes on the Arts and also attended Harvard University Executive Programme as one of 60 worldwide delegates on the Women and Power programme. In 2006 she was awarded a prestigious Clore Leadership Fellowship. 

About the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way. The Hotline service can be used anonymously to report content within our Remit. The IWF works in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, and international partners to minimise the availability of this content, specifically:

  • Child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world
  • criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK
  • Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

Further information on the IWF’s ‘notice and takedown’ service is available.

*Please note: The IWF uses the term child sexual abuse content to accurately reflect the gravity of the images we deal with. Please note that child pornography, child porn and kiddie porn are not acceptable terms. The use of such language acts to legitimise images which are not pornography, rather, they are permanent records of children being sexually exploited and as such should be referred to as child sexual abuse images. If you see such content online please report child sexual abuse images to the IWF.


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