Name: Rob Williamson
Company: Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
As chief executive of the UK’s largest community fund it should be no surprise that Rob Williamson has been nominated in the Journal’s North East’s Most Influential People on Social Media.
Rob, who has headed up the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland since 2009, said he attempts to keep his social media profile strictly professional and hopes that his regular posts on philanthropy and voluntary sector in the North East means he is an interesting character to follow online.
While Rob, who was Director of Policy at the Northern Rock Foundation prior to joining the Community Foundation, has a facebook account he uses socially he said he focuses largely on using Twitter as a way to spread the word about the Community Foundation’s work.
His 1,500-plus tweets focus on retweeting messages from others in the industry in an effort to spread the word. While he uses his own tweets to provide information about services in the North East.
He said: “I imagine that people are following me because they are interested in what I have got to say as chief executive of the Community Foundation. I keep it quite professional talking about things to do with philanthropy and the voluntary sector. Anything that is relevant to our work.”
From the 202 people that Rob follows he said he can’t live without the Guardian newspaper’s style guide. As a self professed ‘grammar nerd’ @guardianstyle is one of his top five people to follow online.
He also recommends the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR) North and the North East’s regional infrastructure body for the voluntary and community sector VONNE.
Rob’s top five people to follow on social media are:
IPPR North - @IPPRNorth
Julia Unwin CBE - @juliaunwin
Vonne News - @VONNENews
Dr Beth Breeze - @UKCPhilanthropy
Guardian Style Guide - @guardianstyle