City Year UK makes two new appointments to Board of Trustees

City Year UK has appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees. Bringing the total to 15 Trustees, The Rt Hon. Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Janet Royall and David Huse join the Board this year as the national charity looks ahead to meet its ambition to expand across the UK.


Janet is a strategic advisor who specialises in diversity, equality and EU policy. She is also an active member of the Lords focusing on young people, education, mental health, social care and foreign affairs. She has European and British political and legislative experience and in the last Labour Government was Leader of the Lords, a member of the cabinet and Lord President of the Council. Janet was then Leader of the Opposition in the Lords until last year.

Janet is also Pro Chancellor of the University of Bath and she is chair of the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

David started his career at Procter and Gamble. He joined Heinz as Sales Director for their UK and Ireland business before becoming COO for Asian Media and Marketing based in the UK and India. Following this he designed and ran the 2012 London Olympics/Paralympics volunteer programme for the Mayor of London, which included a one-year Legacy project with the National Trust.

He was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to the voluntary and community sector in the UK, and was also CEO of Waterloo200. He is a mentor for two young people in London and is a Director of a Social Enterprise.

Sophie Livingstone, Chief Executive of City Year UK, commented on the new appointments:

“Our team is rapidly growing across the UK, and it is with great pleasure to welcome Jan and David to the Board. Both members stood out for their achievements and contributions to helping young people, and bring a wealth of knowledge. I’m sure they will make positive impacts to help us grow as a charity over the coming years.”

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Janet Royall, said:

“My passion for education, social inclusion and social mobility, means that I have long admired the work of City Year UK. It is a real pleasure and a privilege to join the Board and to be part of an organisation that is making a real difference to the lives of young people in disadvantaged communities. In the UK, the concept of a year of full-time voluntary service in education is unique, and I very much hope that it will be expanded into other areas.”

David Huse also commented on his new role:

“I look forward to working with City Year UK, and helping the young adults achieve their goals as children’s mentors, tutors and peer role models. Mentoring young people to achieve their full potential is highly rewarding, and it is an honour to be part of this growing organisation that aims to tackle social mobility and open new opportunities for children in disadvantaged areas.”

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