Foundation promotes deputy CEO to top role

Youth funding body Jack Petchey Foundation has promoted its deputy chief executive to lead the organisation, following the departure of its CEO after 14 years in the role.

Gemma Juma will take over the role in March, taking over from Trudy Kilcullen, who has been CEO since 2008.

“It has been a great joy working alongside the legendary Sir Jack Petchey to implement his vision for young people. I have met many committed teachers and leaders – who go above and beyond for young people - both within JPF and in the many organisations with which we work.

“I have also been privileged to engage with so many enthusiastic and ambitious youngsters who are making such a positive difference to our world. The work of the Foundation is so important, especially in today’s world, and I wish Gemma all the very best as she takes on this exciting mission.”

Juma joined the foundation five years ago as operations director before becoming deputy CEO last year.

She has also held roles at volunteering charity Link Age Southwark, Mind, Refugee Council and Comic Relief.

“I look forward to continuing to work with young people with JPF’s outstanding staff team, with our Trustees and with our partners as we continue to invest in the youth sector across London and Essex,” said Juma.

“I will continue to deliver Sir Jack’s vision and ensure that our programmes support young people to develop a broad range of skills as well as confidence and self-belief.

“My thanks go to the inspirational leaders, teachers, schools and organisations that support young people and give them opportunities to believe in themselves and be the best that they can be. “

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