Peter Robbins, OBE today resigned his position as Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). He is staying on until July to give the IWF time to find a successor.
He is quoted as saying:
“It has been an absolute honour and privilege to lead the IWF since 2002 through a period of unprecedented change. I have been exceptionally fortunate to have worked with dedicated staff and very talented Board Members over the years. I must place on record my gratitude for the exceptional support afforded me by extremely professional individuals, organisations and institutions in the UK and abroad as together we have built enduring partnerships from across the public and private sectors to enable the IWF to thrive.”
I don’t know him personally but many people have a great deal of respect for him and his work. Running the IWF is not an easy job.
A lot has been written on this blog re the IWF – you can just do a search. This post gives an overview of the job that it does. At this time I don’t know whether Peter is just retiring, has somewhere else to go to or just feels his time has run its course at the organisation.
2 replies on “Peter Robbins to leave the IWF”
I have met Peter a number of times and have been impressed with him and his leadership of the IWF. I was especially impressed with their openness. I was at Parliament in 2008 when they released the IWF annual report and their willingness to accept responsibility for the Wikipedia blocking incident and admit that they have learned from that mistake was refreshing to me. Too many organisations hide their errors in PR speak. I wish both Peter and the IWF continuing success.
Yeah same here, I’ve met Peter a few times and have always found him to be very open and honest about the work the IWF does, why they do it etc. I don’t know what his plans are but he’ll be missed that’s for sure.