Thomas Lawson, the chief executive of Leap Confronting Conflict, has been appointed chief executive of Turn2us, the national charity providing help for people struggling financially.
Lawson, who leaves Leap Confronting Conflict after over eight years in the top job, has over 20 years of senior experience in the sector. He is currently chair of the Centre for Youth Impact, and was previously a trustee of Heart n Soul, an arts charity that works with artists with learning disabilities.
Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of Leap Confront Conflict, told Civil Society News that Lawson’s leaving date has yet to be decided. The recruitment process for finding his replacement is currently “being planned”.
Speaking about Lawson’s appointment, Sally O’Sullivan, chair of Turn2us, said: “Turn2us is delighted that Tom has agreed to become our new CEO to lead the charity forward in its mission to help people in the UK who are struggling financially from spiralling into crisis.
“His reputation for inspirational leadership precedes him but we also value his compassionate understanding of personal dignity and his commitment to making a lasting and real difference. Turn2us believes there are many opportunities ahead for cross sector collaboration to the mutual benefit of those in need. We know that Tom will further this ambition.”
Lawson said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as CEO of Turn2us. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be able to contribute to the battle against poverty in the UK, and to build on the excellent work of the organisation.
“I have loved working at Leap for the last eight years. It is a fantastic team of young people, trainers, staff and trustees who create such positive impact for young people through their creativity and dedication. The organisation will go from strength to strength.
"I will miss the people a great deal and wish them all well. Helping young people to manage conflict has become an even more crucial priority for our society.”