Maddie Dinwoodie appointed as Deputy CEO and Director of Youth Work

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We’re delighted to announce that Maddie Dinwoodie has been appointed Deputy CEO and Director of Youth Work at UK Youth. Maddie joined us in 2015 as Director of National Programmes and has over 14 years’ experience in the charity and youth sectors.

In the role of Director of National Programmes, Maddie transformed UK Youth’s programmatic delivery. Working with corporate partners including Microsoft, Starbucks and Lloyds Banking Group, Maddie broadened UK Youth’s portfolio to better support the changing needs of young people across the UK; helping tens of thousands of young people build vital life skills and engage with employment, volunteering or training through UK Youth’s award-winning skills development programmes.

Maddie Dinwoodie said: “This new role presents UK Youth with an exciting opportunity. We have an ambitious goal to create a society in which all young people can benefit from high quality youth work within their local community. With this additional role, we are better placed to amplify issues facing young people and youth organisations across the UK, champion the role of youth work on a national scale and empower all young people to build bright futures.”

Maddie – who is currently on maternity leave – will embark on her new role from 4th June.

Maddie added: “Through my work with UK Youth, I’ve seen first-hand how vital quality youth work is for young people. Not only do local youth services reach the young people most in need of support, with 77% of the young people on our programmes facing at least one barrier to progression, youth work is changing the lives of young people.

“In the context of reduced support and funding for the sector, now is a particularly important time for UK Youth to champion the vital role of youth work and amplify the needs of young people with decision makers, while also looking to diversify funding, strengthen quality, harness impact and build strong communities for our members.”

Maddie Dinwoodie’s appointment comes as we also announce that Patrick Shaw-Brown will remain Director of National Programmes. Previously a member of UK Youth’s Board of Trustees, Patrick is currently covering Maddie’s maternity leave as Director of National Programmes and has made significant contributions to the charity. Most recently, Patrick was instrumental in launching our new programme, EmpowHER with the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust, with funding from Spirit of 2012 and the #iwill Fund.

Our CEO, Anna Smee, will also return from maternity leave in September. Alan Carr remains Interim CEO until Anna’s return.

For more information, please contact:
Emma Roberts, Head of Marketing and Communications, UK Youth:
Emma.roberts@ukyouth.org | 07455 554 690

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