Prospectus is pleased to announce that Anna Smee has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of UK Youth. Anna joins UK Youth in December 2014, after more than two years as Director of Ventures at the Young Foundation.
At the Young Foundation, Anna has supported the development and growth of social ventures tackling issues such as inequality in education and also worked with social entrepreneurs looking to transform the way young people are prepared for life.
Before this Anna was Managing Director of Hundred Consulting, working with private equity companies and venture capitalists. She started her career in finance at Ernst & Young and worked for the likes of Aviva and Suncorp Bank in Australia. Anna has a BSc in Economics, a Certificate in Investment Management and an MBA (Hons) from London Business School. She is also a member of the Fabian Commission on Future Spending Choices.
Of her move to UK Youth, Anna says, 'It is an inspiring organisation that gives young people across the UK a voice. I look forward to working with the team to tackle the issues that matter most to young people.'
UK Youth Chair Anne Stoneham is equally positive about the appointment, 'Anna has the expertise, drive and enthusiasm to provide exciting new leadership and take UK Youth forward so that we can continue to maximise the impact we have on the lives of young people. We are all very much looking forward to working with her.'
Based in Central London and Avon Tyrell, Hampshire, UK Youth is a leading national charity working with 5,500 youth clubs and 693,000 young people every year, helping to raise aspirations, recognise achievements, and support young people becoming the best they can be. Programmes include innovative projects in partnership with leading companies like Microsoft, O2 and Starbucks, through to delivery of National Citizen Service programmes for government. UK Youth also advocates and influences national policies on behalf of young people.