Our Governance


UK Youth is a charitable company limited by guarantee incorporated and registered in England under company number 05402004. It was founded in 1911 as the as the National Organisation of Girls Clubs. Over the years the Charity has changed its name several times and was renamed UK Youth for the organisation's 90th Anniversary in 2001. This reflects the organisation's focus on the concerns, interests and lives of young people.

The organisation's original role in supporting youth clubs is still a major part of its work today, addressing the issues affecting young people and which also echoes the organisation's original concern with the working conditions of girls and young women. UK Youth has a passionate and dedicated team that helps provide support to the youth sector, so that we can empower every young person to be a positive force for change in their own life and the lives of others.

The Charity is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association, (see link below) and detailed regulations made under the Articles.

UK Youth’s registered office address is; UK Youth, Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre, Braggers Lane, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8EE

UK Youth is registered with the Charity Commission under number 1110590.

Patron - HRH The Princess Royal


HRH, Patron since 2003, makes a number of personal appearances each year on behalf of UK Youth, and has a genuine understanding and passion of the positive impact UK Youth is has on young lives.

President - Nigel Mansell CBE


The former motor racing champion became President in 1999 and continues to work tirelessly to promote the charity. Nigel has taken on a host of fundraisers raising over £1 million for UK Youth.

Board of Trustees


Our Board of Trustees is made up from volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds that help govern the charity. Over a quarter of our current board are under 25 years old including three from our steering board Youth Voice. Lady Anne Stoneham MBE has been our chair since 2014, and been on the board since 1988.

Read more about our Trustees

CEO - Anna Smee


Anna Smee was appointed CEO of UK Youth in December 2014 and is hugely passionate about the youth sector and offering opportunities for all young people to transform their lives for the better.

Leadership Team


Our Leadership Team is made up of Cathy Ditchfield (Director of Membership), Matt Lent (Director of Partnerships & Policy), Maddie Dinwoodie (Director of National Programmes), David Watts (Director of Operations and Avon Tyrrell) and Alan Carr (Director of Finances).

Youth Voice


Youth Voice consists of young people aged 16-25 years old who represent all regions and nations within the UK. This cohort of individuals plays a major role in governing the charity.

Bios of Youth Voice members

Memorandum and Articles


The charity is governed by its memorandum and articles of association. These two documents set out the charity’s objects, and the framework within which we must operate to achieve these. The memorandum and articles of association are approved by the Charity Commission, and are regularly reviewed by Trustees to ensure they remain up to date.

Download our Memorandum and Articles  

Trustees Report and Financial Statement


The Trustees’ Report and financial statements are prepared on an annual basis, and give an overview of the charity’s financial performance and position as well as outlining the charity's key achievements and activities in the year.

The accounts are prepared in accordance with applicable reporting standards, and are subject to a full audit.

See our Trustees' Reports and financial statements

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