Issue 8 – July 2017
…and a very warm welcome to the new issue of #LiveMoreYHA. I’m hugely honoured to be writing this as YHA’s new Chief Executive. Having watched the charity grow from strength to strength under Caroline White’s stewardship during the past nine years, I’m thrilled to be taking over the reins at such an exciting time in our history.
I’ve been involved with YHA throughout my life as a customer, member and Trustee, so I’ve seen at first hand the dedication of all those who work for the organisation, and the inspiring work we continue to do for young people across England and Wales.
I’m fully committed to ensuring that we maintain our high standards of success, a task that will be made all the more achievable by the fact that I’m joining such a dedicated and talented team of staff and volunteers.
I see the next few years as a huge opportunity for YHA to grow into one of the leading young people’s charities in the UK. I want us to continue to focus on what we do best, by providing life-changing experiences, inspiring the younger generations to broaden their horizons, and unlocking a spirit of adventure, possibility and discovery in those who most need it.
I greatly look forward to working with you, our members and readers, in the months and years ahead. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy reading the news and features we have in store this issue, which include an interview with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and a focus on our investment in young people.
James Blake – YHA CEO
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