We’re delighted to announce today the appointment of Phil Kerry as our new Chief Executive.
Phil will be joining New Horizon Youth Centre on June 4th after five successful years as Director of Programmes and Partnerships at London Youth, the membership body for London's youth organisations.
NHYC’s Chair Professor Nick Hardwick said: "I am delighted Phil is joining us. New Horizon has been one of London's key front-line agencies working with homeless and vulnerable young people for fifty years but our services have never been more needed or more stretched. Phil inherits a strong and dynamic staff team and an experienced Board of Trustees which, together with the resilience and energy of the young people we work with, provides a strong base to meet the challenges ahead.
"Phil already has a great reputation for his work in a leading London youth organisation and brings fantastic experience and a track record of commitment to the young people we work with. We are lucky that we now have such a strong team and leadership in place for the next stage of New Horizon's development."
I couldn’t be more eager to meet this challenge, continuing the good work of ex-CEO Shelagh O’Connor and the team as we transform the opportunities for young Londoners
Phil Kerry, New Horizon Youth Centre's new CEO
Speaking about his appointment Phil Kerry said: "In a time when countless young people face huge societal barriers around housing and work, the mission of New Horizon Youth Centre has never been more necessary. Every year over 2,500 young people come through the centre’s doors ready to begin a change in their lives and I believe that New Horizon, with its excellent staff and committed partners is well placed to deliver this. Taking on the Chief Executive role for such an important organisation is a huge privilege and an even greater responsibility. I couldn’t be more eager to meet this challenge, continuing the good work of ex-CEO Shelagh O’Connor and the team as we transform the opportunities for young Londoners.”
Phil was appointed from a strong field after a very competitive selection process. This included online tests, meetings with staff and young people who use the centre, as well as a final interview by a panel of trustees.
Prior to joining London Youth in 2013 Phil worked as the Head of Operations for UpRising at the Young Foundation, and from 2007 to 2012 he was the Director of Operations and Resources at Envision, named the Guardian Charity of the Year in 2009. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Bristol in 2003 and a PGCE from the University of Birmingham in 2005. Phil is a keen walker and is a trustee of The Ramblers. He is also the Treasurer of the Rathbone Society, a community organisation close to where he lives in South East London.
We look forward to working with Phil when he joins us in June!
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