City Year UK announces new chair of trustees

City Year UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Clarke, former CEO of the Man Group and a long standing supporter of educational and philanthropic initiatives, as its new Chair.

Peter ClarkeMr Clarke joins at an exciting time for the youth social action charity as it continues to expand opportunities for young people to tackle educational inequality through giving a ‘year of service’ as role models, mentors and tutors in schools, and campaigns for legal recognition of full‐time volunteering.

He said: “City Year UK has a significant impact both on our young volunteers and the children they serve and I look forward to being part of a transformative organisation that believes in young people and enables them to discover their own talents by helping pupils to do better at school.

“Together with City Year UK’s Trustees, we aim to increase our impact on educational inequality, develop more young people as leaders and demonstrate how a year of service can tackle some of our most important social issues.”

Sophie Livingstone, Chief Executive of City Year UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Peter as Chair of our Board of Trustees. He brings considerable strategic and business experience, insight, energy and ambition at a pivotal moment for City Year UK and full‐time volunteering in this country.

“Over 600 young people have already given more than a million hours through City Year UK. They’ve helped to change the education landscape for children in some of our most disadvantaged areas, and they’ve used their year as a launchpad for their own careers.

“With our Board’s guidance, we want to build on their achievements, double our number of full‐time volunteers by 2020, and make sure that their contribution receives the recognition it deserves.

“Peter will succeed Shirley Soskin, who has chaired City Year UK since 2013. I am immensely grateful to her for her valuable contribution and advice which has helped to shape the organisation into the strong position it is in today.”

Shirley said: “Peter is a fantastic choice to take City Year UK through the next stage of its development. Since 2010 the founding Trustees have supported a growth programme that has established City Year UK as a leading voice in the UK’s service year movement.”

Peter Clarke will formally step into the role at the beginning of April 2017, his appointment having been unanimously supported by City Year UK’s Board of Trustees at its meeting on 8th March.

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