Having expanded at a rapid rate over the past decade, the Trussell Trust has appointed Emma Revie to take the anti-poverty charity to its next stage of growth. Revie, who leads the youth charity Ambition, will join an organisation that has grown from a single food bank in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1997 to supporting a network of 428 food banks across the UK 20 years later.
The trust has experienced particularly significant growth in recent years, with its income rising from £1.9m in 2012/13 to £6.8m just two years later. Income has fallen back slightly since then, sitting at £6.6m in 2016/17.
One of Revie's first challenges in her new role, which she will take up on 12 February, will be to get to grips with a significantly larger organisation than she has been running at Ambition, which has six staff and became a subsidiary of the fellow young people's charity UK Youth last year. The Trussell Trust employs 112 people, an increase from about 50 five years ago, and expects to continue its expansion as austerity measures continue to bite.
Before joining Ambition in 2016, Revie held roles including chief executive of the youth education charity Landmark and head of donor services at the international aid charity Tearfund. She also ran her own freelance consultancy and training business. She says she relishes the opportunity to work alongside the charity's network of food banks to tackle poverty and end hunger in the UK.
"I want to see an end to the need for emergency food services in our country, and to work with government to ensure that our benefits system provides a genuine safety net for people and work is paid a fair wage, allowing people and families to thrive rather than just stave off crisis," she says.
Elizabeth Pollard, chair of the Trussell Trust, says that given rising demand for the charity's services Revie has the vision and experience to lead the organisation through the challenges it is facing.