Anna Smee to leave UK Youth and join £90m Youth Futures Foundation as its first CEO

02 Aug 2019 News

Anna Smee will leave UK Youth to become the first chief executive of the Youth Futures Foundation, which has been given a £90m endowment to allocate to youth causes. 

She leaves UK Youth after five years as chief executive but will remain in post to the end of the year to support the transition to its new chief executive. She was previously director of ventures at the Young Foundation.

Smee said: “I am incredibly proud to be part of the UK Youth family and the five years I’ve spent with the charity have been some of the best of my life. 

“It has been an honour to work with so many inspiring young people and dedicated youth workers and volunteers. 

“I will be very sad to leave, but know that I'm leaving UK Youth in the capable hands of a dynamic board and exceptional leadership team. 

“The sector needs UK Youth to remain a strong and passionate advocate for youth work and young people. 

“I have no doubt the organisation will attract an exceptional CEO to take up the reins and build on the strong foundations already in place.”

UK Youth has begun the recruitment process for its new chief executive.

'Inspirational, passionate and enthusiastic leader'

Lady Anne Stoneham, chair at UK Youth said: “Over the past five years, Anna has been an inspirational, passionate and enthusiastic leader of UK Youth and is incredibly well-respected throughout the youth sector. 

“We will be very sad to see her go but are delighted at the successes she has achieved for the charity and wish her all the best in her new appointment. 

“YFF are lucky to have Anna going forward. 

“We are excited about this next chapter in the charity's 108-year history, which will see a new, yet to be appointed, dynamic leader, taking the reins to continue to support young people across the UK.” 

UK Youth is a national membership body that provides support, advice and training to young people through its network. It merged with another youth body, Ambition, in 2017, and estimates that it now reaches 1.5 million young people. 

New youth foundation 

The Youth Futures Foundation will distribute £90m from dormant assets to groups that tackle youth unemployment. 

It is expected to start distributing funds towards the end of this year. 

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