TwentyTwenty is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chair. 

Sarah Webster takes on the role from John Casey who sadly became very unwell earlier this year. Sarah has been on the board of 2020 since February 2015. She brings a wealth of experience in charity governance, social enterprise and fundraising. She currently leads the fundraising strategy for the Diocese of London where she advises their 395 parishes on fundraising as well as securing them an additional £3m of income in the last year. In her previous role she pioneered apprenticeships and innovative CSR programmes within some of the world’s largest companies, helping thousands of disadvantaged young people into employment at leading youth charity City Gateway where she was head of their corporate partnerships team. She holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School and has developed policy recommendations to address youth unemployment and disadvantage in Britain for the Centre for Social Justice and the Fabians. As well as supporting two London based social enterprise start-ups she has been the trustee lead for safeguarding for TwentyTwenty and has implemented significant improvements to our practices. 

While we work with a search firm to recruit a new chief executive to replace Mike Hughes, Sarah will be spending around two days at the offices to oversee the running of the charity and oversee the CEO recruitment process, as well as increasing the capacity of the board and strengthening our governance. During this period Rob Cook, Performance and Delivery Director will be stepping up to take some additional responsibility as will Isobel Lowings our Operations Manager. We are also strengthening the team with the return of Sarah Ford, Operations Director, who has been on maternity leave and will return 1.5 days per week to work on specific projects. We are increasing our capacity in one or two key areas including safeguarding for the next few months to ensure that the leadership team can continue to deliver excellent services and to drive the organisation towards its objectives. The team is upbeat and optimistic about the future of TwentyTwenty as we enter the next chapter of our story.  We are thankful for the ongoing support of our funders and partners.

Sarah said

'I'm delighted to take on this role and excited about the future opportunities for TwentyTwenty which is an extraordinary organisation with the most dedicated team. I am very thankful for the work that John Casey and the board have done to get us to where we are today and wish him a full recovery. We are all driven by the motivation to realise the God given potential in all of our young people. Every day we give young people facing unimaginable challenges the love, care, coaching and skills they need to move forwards in their life and support them to get back into education or employment. It is a particularly significant time for us as we work with Impetus PEF to develop our model and increase our impact. I know we will continue to go from strength to strength and I am really looking forward to working closely with our team in the next few months.'