Girlguiding appoints Angela Salt as chief executive

09 Jan 2019 News

Angela Salt

Youth charity Girlguiding has appointed Angela Salt, a former chief executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, as its next chief executive.

Salt has been working as self-employed consultant and philanthropy adviser for the past year and starts her new role on Monday.

Originally training as a teacher, Salt was chief executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation until November 2017, holding roles at VSO and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games before that.

Salt’s appointment comes after Julie Bentley, who had been the charity’s chief executive since 2012, stood down in June last year to take up the position of chief executive at Action for Children.

Ruth Marvel, who had been acting chief executive, will return to her role as deputy chief executive. 

'Girlguiding is a truly inspiring charity'

Salt said: “I’m excited to be joining the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK as its new chief executive. Girlguiding’s mission to support girls and young women to thrive and to use their voices to create a better world is very close to my heart.

“From my experience leading VSO UK and diverse engagement across the UK in the 2012 London Olympics, I understand the scale of contribution volunteers make to improving lives, serving and supporting their communities in the UK and beyond.

“With 100,000 volunteers delivering guiding every week, Girlguiding is a truly inspiring charity for me to be joining.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know more about the work volunteers do alongside the staff teams in London and the UK countries and regions, and especially to hearing from girls and young women, both about the fun and adventure they get from guiding and the care and support to be well and happy as they grow up, and help make the world a better place.”

Girlguiding chief guide Amanda Medler and chair Catherine Irwin said: “We are thrilled to welcome Angela to the Girlguiding family.

"Angela is committed to providing a platform for young voices to be heard and her experience in supporting volunteers will be invaluable to our charity.

“We’re excited to work with Angela and gain her insight as our wonderful charity continues to champion the wellbeing and happiness of girls and young women and change as their lives change, with the support of our dedicated volunteers.”

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