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YHA appoints new Director of Strategy and Engagement

Youth charity YHA (England and Wales) has appointed Anita Kerwin-Nye as the Director of Strategy and Engagement.

A highly accomplished charity leader with over 20 years of experience in the sector, Anita will take up her role with YHA on 1 November 2018.

Within her new role, she will further develop YHA’s charitable focus, partnerships and programmes and strategic communications.

Anita has worked closely with YHA for a number of years through her work across education, charities, including the Learning Away consortium of which YHA is a member.

Founder of Every Child Should, a campaign to ensure all children can access a rich and rounded set of experiences by the time they are 18, Anita is recognised as a national leader in inclusion and access.

Welcoming her to YHA, James Blake Chief Executive commented: “Anita will bring energy, insight and impetus to our work in a number of areas, including the development of our charitable focus, partnerships and programmes and strategic communications.

“Her knowledge of YHA through her work with the Learning Away consortium, means she is well placed to drive forward YHA’s ambition to be the leading youth charity, providing life enhancing travel and adventure to young people who need it most.”

Anita added: “I am delighted to join YHA at such a formative time in its 88-year history. The opportunity to play a key role in shaping YHA’s next fundraising steps to support more children and young people is one I very much welcome.

“I believe YHA can play a fundamental role in ensuring that all children born today have outdoor experiences at every stage of their childhood and the associated health, wellbeing and life skills benefits.”

Anita is James Blake’s first senior appointment to YHA’s Executive Team since he took over the leadership of the charity last year. Keen to expand YHA’s charitable impact, Anita will take a key role in working alongside James to reach more young people across England and Wales to deliver measurable life changing experiences.

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