Simon Antrobus appointed chief executive of Children in Need

The head of the drug and alcohol charity Addaction will replace David Ramsden in November

Simon Antrobus
Simon Antrobus

Simon Antrobus has been appointed as the next chief executive of BBC Children in Need, the charity has announced.

Antrobus, who is chief executive of drug and alcohol charity Addaction, will take up the role from 1 November, replacing David Ramsden, who has led the charity for the past nine years.

Antrobus has been in charge of Addaction since 2009 and has previously held senior positions at the disability charity Scope and Parkinson’s UK. He was chief executive of the youth charity Clubs for Young People, now called Ambition UK, between 2004 and 2009.

He also chaired a national inquiry in 2007 on streets gangs on behalf of the the think thank the Centre for Social Justice, led a commission on public health commissioned by the charity leaders group Acevo in 2010.

He has also been chair of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.

BBC Children In Need declined to say how much Antrobus would be paid but said his salary details would be published on its website when he takes up the role in November. Ramsden received a salary of £110,800 in the year to 30 June 2015.

Stevie Spring, chair of BBC Children in Need, said: "Simon has a track record of strong leadership and we are confident that he will take BBC Children in Need from strength to strength, changing the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK."

Antrobus said he was honoured to accept the role at the charity, which had an income of £56m and spending of £62m in the year to 30 June 2015.

"I have long admired the wonderful work of the much-loved charity," he said.

"The annual appeal is a ‘must do’ moment in the country’s calendar and I’m looking forward to working with all parties to ensure that, together, we will have the maximum impact possible on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK."

Guy Pink, executive director of human resources at Addaction, will act as interim chief executive until a replacement for Antrobus is appointed.

Adrian Auer, chair of Addaction, said: "Simon has successfully led the transformation of Addaction with a rare combination of compassion, integrity, determination, and humility.

"The quality, scale and range of service delivery has increased substantially, high clinical governance standards have been thoroughly embedded, financial and operating controls have been strengthened, and an ambitious strategy for the organisation is in place.

"Simon will be greatly missed, but he leaves behind a strong and confident organisation for his successor."

Addaction would also be appointing a new chair in the coming weeks, said Auer. 

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