The former director of investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein has joined YHA as its new finance director.
Mike Forrest, who also worked for accountants Deloitte & Touche, took up the post at the charity's Derbyshire headquarters at the beginning of this week. He succeeds former finance director Bob Joliffe who retired earlier this year.
Forrest, a member of YHA since the age of 14, commented: "I'm really excited at the prospect of joining the YHA at such a key moment in its development. Hostelling has always been an important part of my life and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to give something back, hopefully helping to shape a dynamic future for such a worthwhile organisation," he commented.
Over the past year, Forrest has also been giving financial advice to the charity Active Training and Education, which runs residential holidays for children.