June Perrin steps down as CEO at the Society of Genealogists


21 December 2020
Laura Doyle has agreed to become Interim CEO while the Society find a permanent successor to June Perrin.

"Our Chief Executive Officer, June Perrin, has retired as of 16 December. Having been with the Society of Genealogists for twenty years, June first joined the Society to work with former Director Robert Gordon.," explained Edward Percival, Chairman, Society of Genealogists, continuing, "They directed and refreshed the Society’s finance and HR operations. After Robert Gordon stood down as Director, June continued to guide the Society and became CEO in her own right.

"During her time as CEO significant partnerships and contracts were achieved within the Genealogical Community. These include digital publishing companies for SoG Data on our platform and in partnerships with Findmypast, FamilySearch and others. The Society’s web presence and digital offerings have grown apace and have been improved for members. The Society has become host to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, the Irish Genealogical Research Society and is now an Affiliate Search Library for FamilySearch."

June has overseen the transfer of SoG storage facilities from London to Essex and been integral to the decision by the Society to move to new premises in the future, to allow the Society to build on the genealogy education and library resources, for which it is so well regarded.

June's many friends amongst the board, membership and staff, wish her the best in the future. Edward Percival: "June has been a great CEO for the Society and a terrific colleague. She has guided the Society through significant transformation and changes, and I am very grateful for her excellent stewardship."

Laura Doyle has agreed to step down from the Board of Trustees and act as Interim CEO, effective immediately, until we find a permanent successor to June. Laura has been a member of the Trustee Board for five years including a term as Treasurer.  A Chartered Accountant by training, she has spent 20 years in the City working as Investor Relations for FTSE listed companies.  She has been involved in genealogy for some 25 years, custodian of the One-Name Study for the surname Blissenden, is a Trustee/Treasurer for the Halsted Trust and is currently working towards an MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde.