National Union of Students appoints Simon Blake as chief executive

Blake, head of the sexual health charity Brook, will take up his new role in May

Simon Blake
Simon Blake

The National Union of Students has appointed Simon Blake as its new chief executive.

Blake has been chief executive of the young people’s sexual health charity Brook since 2006 and will join the NUS in May. He has also been chair of Compact Voice, which represents the voluntary sector on the Compact, since 2008.

Blake previously worked at the National Children’s Bureau, where he held a number of positions, including assistant director of children’s development and director of the NCB’s Sex Education Forum.

Last May, Ben Kernighan stood down as chief executive of the NUS less than 10 months after taking the job.

The charity said at the time that Peter Robertson, managing director of NUS Services Ltd, the commercial arm of the union, would lead the NUS until a replacement was found.

Blake said in a statement: "I am delighted and excited to be appointed. The NUS has a very important role to play in supporting students' unions and, through them, helping the everyday lives of students. I look forward to starting in this fascinating job and building on the NUS’s considerable track record."

Brook said its deputy chief executive, Jules Hillier, would act as interim chief executive until a permanent replacement was found.

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