National Citizen Service names chair of its new management body

Stephen Greene, co-founder and chief executive of RockCorps, will head the board of the organisation running the volunteering scheme for 16 and 17 year-olds

Stephen Greene
Stephen Greene

Stephen Greene, the co-founder and chief executive of RockCorps, which provides tickets to concerts for young people that volunteer, will be the chair of the new independent organisation that will run the National Citizen Service.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has announced that Greene will be chair of the NCS Independent Management Body, which will manage the scheme and provide support to the frontline providers.

The NCS offers 16 and 17 year-olds the chance to take part in projects including community work, physical challenges and residential placements. Up to 90,000 places will be available on the scheme by 2014. The government will spend £200m on the programme over the next two years.

The Cabinet Office confirmed last month that a new organisation would take over the management of the scheme and began advertising for a chief executive and director of operations.

Greene, who will be unpaid in the new role, and six friends launched RockCorps in the US in 2005 and the organisation was introduced in the UK in 2008, in partnership with Orange and Channel 4.

It gives free tickets to specially-staged concerts featuring big name acts to young people that carry out at least four hours’ voluntary work.

At a Downing Street reception last night, Cameron confirmed the eight providers for the scheme over the next two years, including the NCS Network, a consortium that includes the private sector services firm Serco.

The eight organisations, which also include the Football League Trust, the Cumbria-based social enterprise Inspira, the employment and skills firm Reed in Partnership and the Challenge Network, had been named as preferred bidders in September.

Cameron also confirmed that the government planned to offer up to 90,000 places on the scheme in 2014. There were 30,000 places available this year.

In a statement, Cameron welcomed Greene to the new role. "As chief executive of RockCorps, Stephen brings a wealth of experience in unlocking the power of young people and connecting them to opportunities to do good in their communities," he said.

Greene said: "I have had the privilege of advising on National Citizen Service over the past two years and – put simply – NCS works, NCS is powerful, NCS can build generations of empowered youth."

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