The sustainable development charity Raleigh International has appointed Julian Olivier as its new chief executive.
Olivier, who is the charity’s deputy chief executive, will replace Stacey Adams, who had been chief executive since 2007 and announced she was stepping down earlier this year.
He has also been director of programmes, head of countries and director of Raleigh Central America.
Olivier was appointed after a six-month recruitment process in which 120 applicants were interviewed by a youth panel of former Raleigh volunteers aged between 18 and 25, the charity said in a statement today.
Khalid Koser, chair of Raleigh International, said, "I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Julian into his new role with us. His vision for the future of Raleigh International is compelling and clear – creating a global movement of young change-makers – and entirely undimmed by his long and successful career with us so far.
"Julian really believes in the power of young people to drive lasting change in our world. I truly believe Julian will build on Stacey’s incredible legacy to make us the organisation of choice for young change-makers."
Olivier said: "Like all involved with Raleigh International, I am a passionate advocate for youth-driven change. I believe that Raleigh is at a very exciting moment in its history, with a huge potential to maximise the energy, creativity and determination of this current youth generation to tackle some of the most persistent and complex challenges facing our planet.
"I am hugely excited to have the opportunity to build on Stacey’s significant achievements to continue focusing the organisation so that we can connect up the current youth generation with the skills, people, partnerships and resources they need to drive forward the youth-led solutions to these urgent challenges."
Olivier will take up his new role on 1 January.