We are delighted to announce that Hannah Asquith has been appointed as our new Chief Executive. Hannah will join on 2nd March, replacing Fran Borg-Wheeler who has led the charity so ably for the last 13 years.
Hannah, who most recently set up the Grass Roots Foundation to support the provision of a well-rounded education for children and young people in the UK, will be responsible for Youth Concern’s activity, its overall strategic direction and its effective financial and operational performance.
Hannah began her career as the sole fundraiser in a small national charity before moving to Hertfordshire to recruit and run a hospice’s first community fundraising team. Her recent work at the Chilterns MS Centre demonstrated her expertise in fundraising and communications whilst playing a key role in the senior management team.
“I am delighted that we have attracted such a talented and well-respected person as Hannah to be our new Chief Executive,” said Steve Louis, Chair of Trustees. “We were impressed by Hannah’s track record of delivery, by the way she personifies Youth Concern’s values and above all by her absolute determination to put young people at the heart of all that we do.”
Commenting on her appointment, Hannah said: “I am very proud to accept the role of Chief Executive. Youth Concern has been helping the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people locally for 40 years. The charity’s founders couldn’t have known the scale of what their compassion would achieve, with 500+ young people supported annually through the Drop-In Centre and Aylesbury Night-Stop. With Next Step – Youth Concern’s supported accommodation project – launching this year, I am humbled by how far Youth Concern has come, yet ambitious about how much further we need to go”.