UK Youth announces new Chair of the Board of Trustees

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UK Youth is delighted to announce the appointment of David Thomlinson as their new Chair of the Board of Trustees from December 2020.

David has 40 years’ experience in engineering and business. He served on the Global Management Board of Accenture for 11 years before retiring in 2014. His previous leadership roles at Accenture included Group Chief Executive of the Resources industries, Chairman of the UK and Ireland geographies and overall responsibility for Strategy and Operations across 55 countries.

David has an extensive portfolio of work that he dedicates his time to; including Chair of Moixa Energy, International Secretary of the Royal Academy of Engineering and advisory board member of BecomingX – Plant for Peace and Immerse. Passionate about addressing inequalities of opportunities for young people to realise their potential, David has been a long-term supporter of Teach First and sits on the UK Board of Teach for All.

The current Chair, Lady Anne Stoneham MBE, will be standing down in December 2020 and David will officially take the post on from then. Anne has been UK Youth’s board of trustees since 1988, and Chair of the charity since 2014.

During her time as Chair, Anne has onboarded two new CEOs, lead a positive governance and board development review, supported the charity through a restructuring, overseen an effective merger and guided the charity through a successful rebrand. Anne has consistently been committed to her role, attending numerous internal and external meetings, as well as public engagements. Her support has invaluably helped the Charity create a strong foundation for the future. 

David Thomlinson said, “I am honoured to be selected as the new Chair of the Trustee Board of UK Youth. UK Youth has a most impressive history of over 100 years and is highly regarded as one of the leading charities focused on the needs of young people right across the U.K. I very much look forward to working with Ndidi Okezie, the UK Youth staff and the entire movement of partners, in delivering a bold strategy for maximising impact and growth.

For more than 30 years, the wisdom, passion and dedication of Anne Stoneham has been a wonderful asset to the organisation. She leaves big shoes to fill. I look forward to the onboarding and transition that will take place over the next six months and then getting started as Chair in the winter.”

Commenting on the appointment, Ndidi Okezie said, “As CEO I am truly delighted that David Thomlinson will be joining UK Youth as our new Chair. His passion and commitment to increasing equality of opportunities for young people is unquestionable. He brings a wealth of strategic expertise and experience that we are fortunate to be able to harness in service to the vision and ambitious new mandate for UK Youth. Our outgoing Chair, Lady Anne Stoneham MBE, leaves behind a legacy of a strong and impactful charity. She has graced us with over 30 years of unmatched service, and the charity will be forever indebted to her.

Lady Anne Stoneham said, “I am delighted that David Thomlinson has been appointed as the new Chair of UK Youth. David brings a tremendous amount of board and leadership development experience across different sectors. It is wonderful we have been able to attract someone of David’s calibre and I know he has the passion, experience and skills to make a huge difference and to help lead the future development of UK Youth as it delivers its new strategic vision for the charity.”

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