Victoria Wallace becomes first woman to lead the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
20 October 2014
Victoria Wallace becomes the first woman Director General of the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) when she joins the
organisation on 20 October.
Following ten years as Chief Executive at Leeds Castle
Foundation and Enterprises, Victoria becomes responsible for the
running of the CWGC and its multi-national workforce of 1,300
staff. The CWGC cares for the graves and memorials to almost 1.7
million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two
world wars, and works at a staggering 23,000 locations in 153
countries, and on every continent except Antarctica.
Victoria said: "It's a great joy to be coming to this
extraordinary organisation at a time of unprecedented interest in
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's work.
"Visitor numbers to our major cemeteries and memorials have
increased massively in the last twelve months as a result of the
Centenary of the Great War. But we have more work to do to help
those visitors understand the historical significance of our sites
and encourage them to visit the lesser known war graves and
memorials we care for.
"The Commission, its work and its team have a rightly-deserved
reputation for excellence amongst those who know about us. But that
is far too few people. We want the world to value what we
Victoria adds: "We need to seek greater recognition, and be
proud of what we have achieved for nearly a century. And with the
Commissioners and the senior team, I am now starting to look at the
next hundred years, and how we take our mission, to ensure that our
war dead are never forgotten, into the future."
Victoria joins the CWGC from the Leeds Castle Foundation and
Enterprises where she doubled visitor numbers, enhanced the visitor
experience, and expanded alternative revenue streams and
opportunities. Prior to that, Victoria was Justices' Chief
Executive at Sussex Magistrates' Courts from 2000-2004 and has held
various posts within the Foreign and Commonwealth Diplomatic
Service in Tanzania, Thailand, and Belgium. She is also a
Council member of the Association for Independent Museums. Victoria
takes over from Brian Davidson, who has been in post as Acting
Director General since July.
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