UK Youth appoints new chief executive

Ndidi Okezie, who will join the charity on 6 January, is currently vice president of the secondary school portfolio for the education provider Pearson

Ndidi Okezie
Ndidi Okezie

UK Youth has appointed Ndidi Okezie as its new chief executive.

Okezie, who will join the charity on 6 January, is the vice president of the secondary school portfolio for the education provider Pearson.

She also spent 10 years as a teacher and school leader, and six years on the executive board of the teaching charity Teach First.

Okezie will replace Anna Smee, who will leave the charity on 7 November for a new role as head of the Youth Futures Foundation, which was set up earlier this year in response to the government’s decision to allocate £90m in dormant-asset funding to the youth sector.

In 2013, Okezie sat on the Department for Education’s Youth Work in Education Committee and currently sits on the DfE’s Character Education Advisory Group.

She also sits on the boards for Centrepoint UK, the National Citizen Service charity the NCS Trust and the Mulberry Schools Trust.

UK Youth will launch a new strategy in 2020, the charity said, and Maddie Dinwooodie, currently deputy chief executive, will serve as interim chief executive until Okezie joins the charity.

Okezie said: "I know how invaluable the support UK Youth provides to youth workers and young people is, so I’m looking forward to progressing the incredible legacy the team has built to date.

"I want to be of service, galvanising the UK Youth movement, championing our young people and removing barriers to ensure they have a valued seat at the table."

Lady Anne Stoneham, chair of UK Youth, said: "Ndidi is a remarkable leader with decades of experience in supporting young people.

"Not only did she excite the board members on the panel, but she also impressed the UK Youth voice panellists with her vision and understanding of how to grow UK Youth’s impact, making it the best support to young people and youth workers."

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