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The Isle of Wight Youth Trust is on the search for a new Chief Executive following today’s (Wednesday’s) announcement that Mairead Healy is to stand down.

The news comes after a period of transformation under Mairead’s helm. She took up the post in 2017 with the aim of initiating rapid change and expansion to meet the growing needs of young Islanders, including significant expansion of Youth Trust services.

Over the past 2 years the organisation has moved to larger headquarters and has secured large, multi-year grants from several national funders.

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Mairead has said:

“It was always the plan that I would be here for a couple of years specifically to implement significant change focused on our services, culture and funding model. Now that this has happened, it feels like the right time to move on and allow someone else to continue the good work.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such a dedicated, passionate and professional team, who have focused on our primary objective of meeting the needs of our children and young people throughout all the changes which have taken place.

“We have an incredibly strong team who can continue our development and further embed the changes which have already taken place.”

Mairead will be returning to work in the human rights field and has accepted a senior leadership role at a global Human Rights organisation. She will also be focusing more on her public role as a member of the Youth Justice Board, which she was appointed to by the Prime Minister in 2017.

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Mairead adds:

“We are now seeking an exceptional Chief Executive who is similarly ambitious for the future, to lead the Youth Trust through the next exciting phase of its development, whilst furthering our commitment to keeping young people at the heart of everything we do.

“I am excited to be starting this next chapter and am delighted that my new employer has allowed me six months to handover my work at the Youth Trust, ensuring a smooth transition of leadership.”

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