Former UK Youth chief to take up top job at food redistribution charity

Charlotte Hill will join The Felix Project in January

Charlotte Hill
Charlotte Hill

The former boss of the charity UK Youth has accepted the chief executive job at London’s biggest food redistribution charity.

Charlotte Hill, who will join The Felix Project in January, succeeds Mark Curtin, who left the charity in August to become head of the youth cricket and disability sports charity The Lord’s Taverners.

Hill was previously the chief executive of youth campaign group Step Up To Serve until the end of 2020 in a six-year stint that included a seven-month secondment to BBC Children in Need.

Before that she was the boss at UK Youth for three-and-a-half years and spent two years working as a parliamentary adviser at the NSPCC.

She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year's Honours List for services to young people.

“As a Londoner myself, I know food poverty is far-reaching and has an impact detrimental to many communities, and particularly to young people,” she said.

“I’m excited to bring my experience in the voluntary and youth sectors to Felix, helping to engage the next generation around the circular economy, reducing food waste and ending food poverty.

“As someone who is passionate about volunteering, it is very exciting that The Felix Project is an organisation built on volunteering and community action.”

Gavin Darby, chair of The Felix Project, said: “Charlotte brings such a breadth of experience in the charity and campaigns sector, along with a great passion for the work The Felix Project does to tackle food waste, hunger and insecurity in London.

“Her leadership will be pivotal for The Felix Project as we take our next steps forward as an organisation.”

The charity said it had grown threefold during the pandemic, from delivering 6.4 million meals a year in 2019 to 21 million meals in 2020.

It forecasts delivering 34 million meals by the end of this year.

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