Executive Team

Wanda Wyporska
Chief Executive

Dr Wanda Wyporska, FRHistS, FRSA is the Chief Executive of the Society of Genealogists. She joined in October 2021, after leading The Equality Trust for five years. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, judged the 2021 Pen Hessell-Tiltman History Award, and is a Patron of A Bit Lit.

An historian of the Early Modern period, her first book, Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland 1500-1800, was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award and she regularly contributes to a range of historical events, such as HistFest, podcasts and interviews. She was a Starun Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford, has lectured at a number of universities and is a regular keynote speaker. She has spoken at the UN in Geneva, the Danish Parliament, the Oxford Union, and the Women of the World Festival. Wanda has appeared on Newsnight, Question Time, BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, CH4, BBC and Sky News and has written for a number of national and regional media. 

Dr Wyporska was recognised as one of 21 to watch in 21 by Charity Times and as Best Charity CEO on Social Media in 2020. She is a trustee of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) and Redthread. 

Email ceo@sog.org.uk

Francisca Mkandawire
Head of Archives and Library Services

Francisca is a professional  librarian with over 20 years’ experience of working in information provision and collections management. 

In previous roles, she managed information centers while working in public and special libraries.  Her experiences include working for Harrow Libraries and Hertfordshire County Council,  and setting up an information center at Malawi Institute of Management.

She holds a Masters in Librarianship from Leeds Beckett University and a Bachelor of Education.

Email librarian@sog.org.uk

Else Churchill
Genealogist

Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists in London with nearly 40 years of experience as a genealogist and educator. She currently leads as the Society’s subject specialist and the education, publication programmes and external liaison.

 

Else lectures regularly for the Society of Genealogists, The National Archives and for local groups around the United Kingdom. She has also lectured extensively in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

 

Along with teaching the Joint SoG/Pharos  Family History Skills and Strategy course on sources for the long 18th century, her main research interests lie in the seventeenth century and sources for people who lived through the English Civil Wars and enjoys helping American genealogists cross the pond to discover the roots of their colonial ancestors. 

 

Else campaigns and actively works on behalf of the genealogical community. She has been on the Council of British Record Society, and on the Council of Friends of The National Archives and TNA Advisory User Panel and Convenor of the British Genealogical Record Users Committee.  She has been a member of the Federation of Family History Societies Education sub- committee. She served a nine-year stint as a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and has presented evidence to Parliamentary Committees on genealogical matters and contributed to the All Party Parliamentary Group on History and Archives.

 
Email genealogy@sog.org.uk

Christine Worthington
Transformation & Volunteer Manager

Christine is a Charter Member of CILIP and has a Masters of Information Studies and Graduate Diploma of Information Management.

 

She joined SoG staff in 2018, after arriving in the UK from Australia, where she worked in historical libraries and archives for over 20 years.

 

Christine is passionate about historical collections and has been researching her own family for over three decades.

Email volunteermanager@sog.org.uk

Rebecca Gregory
Head of Membership

Rebecca has a background in Marketing and has specialised in Membership for the last 10 years. With a varied background which includes running her own membership model start-up to advising organisations in the heritage and charity sector on membership transformation and innovation, Rebecca joined SoG in 2021 to lead the membership team through their transformation process. 

 

A newcomer to Family History research, she has already unearthed some hidden gems that have her hooked.

Email memberservices@sog.org.uk

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