UK Youth appoint Lindsay Levkoff Lynn as Interim CEO



  • UK Youth’s CEO Anna Smee will be taking maternity leave at the end of October to have her second child
  • The former Youth United Foundation CEO, Lindsay Levkoff Lynn, will join the charity on the 25th September and formally take the reins on the 20th October


Lindsay Levkoff Lynn joins UK Youth at an exciting time as the charity embarks on an ambitious three year strategy to provide access to appropriate, high quality services for young people in every community across the UK.

Last year the UK Youth network reached over 830,000 young people, 50,000 of whom took part in a UK Youth skills development programme. 77% of these young people reported that they face at least one personal barrier to progressing and 70% lived in some of the most deprived areas of the UK.

After a highly successful 2016/17, 88% of young people on a UK Youth programme reported improved life skills. In the same year, the charity also saw its membership grow and income increase by 7%. Moving forward under Lindsay’s guidance, UK Youth plans to continue its focus on working with young people on their terms, working in partnership with community based youth organisations, and advocating on behalf of young people and the sector.

By 2020, UK Youth is committed to achieving three core goals:

Goal 1 - Young people can access support, advice & training in their community or online

Goal 2 - Young people become motivated, self-aware, receptive, resilient, responsible, confident, and good communicators 

Goal 3 - Young people can engage with education, volunteering and employment


The team at UK Youth are excited to welcome Lindsay Levkoff Lynn to lead the charity during this next phase. After an extensive interview process the Board of Trustees agreed that Lindsay was the ideal candidate for the role due to her wide range of experience in the not-for-profit and youth sectors.

Lindsay was previously CEO at Youth United, an organisation that supports young people’s uniformed groups across the UK. Prior to that she worked in a variety of third sector, government body and private sector organisations. Her past roles include Head of Impact at Nesta, Head of Fundraising at The Challenge Network, and Consultant at Bain & Company. Lindsay holds a Masters in Politics from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard. She has been involved in extensive volunteer work as a Board Member for Beyond Me, for the Girl Scouts in the USA, and as an Election monitor in Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Moldova.

Anna Smee, CEO of UK Youth said: “I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved at UK Youth over the past three years; forging new corporate partnerships, launching innovative world-class development programmes, increasing our membership network, improving impact measurement, unlocking national funding for our members, advocating on behalf of young people and the youth sector, strengthening our finances and ultimately improving the quality of services available to young people. Lindsay is the perfect person to build on this strong foundation and continue to help young people to access high-quality services in their local area, engage with education, volunteering and employment, and be empowered to build bright futures. I am very happy to be leaving the charity in such a safe pair of hands.”

Speaking of her new appointment, Lindsay Levkoff Lynn said: “It’s a real privilege to be appointed Interim CEO of UK Youth. Anna and the team have done a fantastic job, creating a strong vision, innovative new programmes and a clear strategic plan. I’m extremely passionate about building on this foundation to help all young people access equal opportunities regardless of background and circumstance, because all young people deserve a chance to reach their potential.”


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