Food poverty charity appoints youth sector stalwart as next CEO

Former UK Youth and Step Up to Serve chief executive Charlotte Hill is to take the same role at food poverty charity the Felix Project.

Hill, who received Charity Times’ Rising CEO Star award in 2012 while at UK Youth, will take up her new role at the Felix Project in January 2022.

The Felix Project is the largest food redistribution charity in London, delivering to charities and schools across the capital. Currently, 900 organisations receive food from the charity, supporting more than quarter of a million people a week.

Her previous roles have included executive director for children and young people at BBC Children in Need and has most recently been a freelance leadership and strategy consultant, after leading youth social action charity Step Up to Serve in 2020.

She has also been a parliamentary advisor for Labour MP Harriet Harman and the NSPCC.

“It is exciting to join such a dynamic, innovative charity addressing these pressing societal issues where there is such demand,” said Hill, who was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to young people.

“The organisation has grown six-fold since the covid pandemic began, from 6.4 million meals delivered in 2019 to over 26 million delivered so far in 2021 - and we know there is much more good food in the system to reach many more organisations.

“As a Londoner myself, I know food poverty is far reaching and has an impact detrimental to many communities, and particularly to young people. I’m excited to bring my experience in the voluntary and youth sectors to Felix, helping to engage the next generation around the circular economy, reducing food waste, and ending food poverty.

“As someone who is passionate about volunteering, it is very exciting that The Felix Project is an organisation built on volunteering and community action. I can’t wait to work alongside volunteers, colleagues, partners and organisations across the sectors to make a real difference”

The Felix Project’s chair Gavin Darby added: “Charlotte brings such a breadth of experience in the charity and campaigns sector, along with a great passion for the work The Felix Project does to tackle food waste, hunger and insecurity in London.

“Her leadership will be pivotal for The Felix Project as we take our next steps forward as an organisation.”

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