BBC Children in Need appoints former foundation leader to senior role

Fozia Irfan joins as director of children & young people

Fozia Irfan
Fozia Irfan

The former chief executive of the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation has been appointed to a top job at BBC Children in Need. 

Fozia Irfan, who spent six years at the foundation, including three as chief executive before stepping down last month, has joined CiN as director of children & young people.

In her new role, Irfan will be responsible for the charity’s impact and grant-making activities. 

A statement from CiN said Irfan had transformed the foundation from one of the smallest in England to the fourth-largest in terms of grant-making and pioneered new, more equitable, funding approaches. 

She succeeds Anna Whitton, who became chief executive of the Westminster Drug Project earlier this year. 

Irfan acted as a voluntary grant-making adviser to CiN as part of its central regional committee between 2016 and 2019. 

She previously founded and managed Aspire, which ran educational, social cohesion, citizenship and empowerment programmes in Luton, Bedfordshire. 

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “Fozia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which will greatly benefit the charity as we continue to support children and young people throughout the UK who need our help now more than ever. 

“Given Fozia’s experience and expertise, combined with her passion for grant making, I have no doubt that she will make a considerable impact.”

Irfan said: “This is a critical moment for the UK’s children and young people: the pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing issues and made life even harder for those who were already facing disadvantages. 

“I know that BBC Children in Need is committed to supporting children and young people through the current crisis and I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to play my part.”

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