Homelessness charity appoints Girlguiding director as CEO

Herts Young Homeless (HyH) has appointed Girlguiding UK’s operation director Jonny Whitehead as its next chief executive.

Whitehead will join the Hertfordshire based charity in January, taking over from Helen Elliot, who is retiring in December.

Prior to joining Girlguiding UK he was a director an an anti-child trafficking NGO in Ghana and spent a decade with Age UK.

“I want to see a world in which all young people have a home but sadly homelessness is on the increase,” said Whitehead.

HyH is an excellent charity with a track record of success, so I am really excited to join such a great team. HyH's services are needed now more than ever and I can’t wait to start working with the board, colleagues and partners to improve the lives of young people and to prevent youth homelessness.

“I would like to thank the board for appointing me as chief executive and look forward to meeting the team.”

HyH chair Peter Holland added: “We are excited that Jonny will be joining HyH at this crucial time for the charity, as we look to develop our new strategic direction for the next three years. Jonny brings with him a wealth of experience in leading staff and volunteers, building and strengthening partnerships, operations and governance'.

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