The first chief executive of the LGBT+ youth charity The Proud Trust is leaving the organisation after two and a half years in the role.
Lisa Harvey-Nebil will leave the charity, which supports LGBT+ young people in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, in April to take a role as a strategic lead in a local council. The charity said it would not give the council’s name for privacy and safeguarding reasons.
Susie Cuthill, the charity’s deputy chief executive, will take up the top job until a long-term successor to Harvey-Nebil is appointed.
The charity said that Harvey-Nebil had been an “unwavering advocate” for LGBT+ young people, adding that she centred young people’s voices at the core of its work.
She developed the charity into a national service through its training and inclusion programme for schools and opened Manchester’s LGBT+ community hub, called The Proud Place.
Harvey-Nebil said: “It has been an honour to serve as the first chief executive of The Proud Trust, a charity which is close to my heart.
“I arrived at the charity with a vision to improve the lives of LGBT+ young people, through our partnerships, our direct delivery and the opening of The Proud Place. We have achieved so much together and I believe this is now the right time to move on.”
Jordan Barry, chair of The Proud Trust, said: “Lisa is leaving The Proud Trust in fantastic shape; she has overseen a true transformation of the organisation and ensured we are positively positioned for the future, with a fantastic interim chief executive in Susie.
“We are taking a thoughtful approach to our recruitment process, true to our core values of inclusion and transparency, to ensure that we find the best person to lead the charity into its next chapter.
“We, along with the new chief executive, will build on the positive momentum that Lisa has created and continue to deliver the best support for LGBT+ young people in Manchester and beyond.”