NCS Trust, the community interest company set up to manage the government’s National Citizen Service, has appointed a former Downing Street policy adviser as its first chief executive.
Michael Lynas, a former senior civil servant at the Number 10 policy unit, has been promoted from director of strategy at the NCS Trust to chief executive.
Lynas, who helped set up the National Citizen Service while at Number 10 and has been at NCS Trust since February, previously worked as a strategy consultant for the management consultancy Bain & Co.
NCS Trust, which was established as a community interest company last year and employs 38 staff, is responsible for running the National Citizen Service, which offers school-leavers the chance to take part in projects including community work, physical challenges and residential placements.
Stephen Greene, chair of NCS Trust, said the organisation was lucky to have Lynas.
"Michael is exceptionally talented and his commitment to NCS is well documented," said Greene, who is the co-founder and chief executive of RockCorps, which provides tickets to concerts for young people who volunteer. "We look forward to working with him throughout 2014 and beyond to continue to develop and build on the success of NCS."
Lynas said his priority would be to "build a movement of young people dedicated to making our country a better place, community by community".
He was appointed by the NCS Trust board, which includes David Blunkett MP, the Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough and former Home Secretary, Dame Julia Cleverdon, vice-president of Business in the Community, and Helen Stephenson, director of the Office for Civil Society.
The NCS Trust has also set up the NCS National Youth Board, a body made up of 20 young people from across England and Northern Ireland that will hold regular meetings to consider the views of the young people taking part in the scheme.