Shaw Trust appoints Chris Luck as next chief executive

Luck will join the charity in May after 35 years in the RAF

Chris Luck
Chris Luck

The employment and education charity the Shaw Trust has appointed the RAF veteran Chris Luck as its next chief executive.

Luck will join the charity, which supports young people and adults in the UK and internationally in areas such as finding employment, improving their wellbeing or rebuilding their lives, in May.

He will succeed Roy O’Shaughnessy, who stepped down in the summer after six years in the role to become chief executive of the education provider the Capital City College Group. 

Luck, an air vice-marshal, has spent more than 35 years in the RAF and is chief executive of the Defence Academy of the UK and commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

Sir Kenneth Olisa, chair of the Shaw Trust, said Luck was an "outstanding candidate" whose experience and "deep understanding of the human condition" placed him top of the list.

"Leading an organisation with a purpose to help transform a million lives a year by finding innovative world-leading ways of solving the paradox takes an exceptional person, and we have found the qualities in Chris," he said.

Luck said in a statement today: "I have been deeply impressed by the Shaw Trust’s work helping people from all walks of life and all ages.

"I feel somewhat humbled that the trustees have concluded that my operational experience, charitable values, public service ethos and lived experience of welfare services qualify me for the top job."

A Shaw Trust spokeswoman was unable to confirm how much Luck will be paid, but the advertisement for the role said the salary would be £170,000 a year.

The charity employs 4,000 staff and had an income of £132.1m in 2016/17.

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