Y Care International announces new Chief Executive

Leigh Daynes has been appointed Chief Executive of Y Care International. He will join Y Care International on 1 June 2018 as we look to redouble our efforts to support vulnerable young people into work in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Leigh has extensive experience in senior leadership positions in international aid and development organisations.  He was Executive Director of Doctors of the World UK, part of the Médecins du Monde network, from 2012 to January 2018; and previously Director of Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications at international children’s development charity Plan, and Head of Corporate External Affairs at the British Red Cross.

He has worked extensively internationally, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, and at the Red Cross’s permanent observer mission to United Nation’s headquarters in New York.

David French, Chair of Trustees at Y Care International, said:

“I am delighted that we have attracted Leigh as our new CEO. Whilst we had other strong applications, Leigh brings significant experience of leading an international aid and development agency and a deep set of convictions well aligned to the values and ethos of the YMCA movement. I am confident that he will provide strong leadership of Y Care International into the next stage of its journey in supporting young people into work. I welcome Leigh to the YMCA movement in the UK and Ireland and globally.”

Talking about his appointment as incoming CEO, Leigh Daynes said:

“I’m thrilled to be joining a talented team determined to enable many more young people to lift themselves out of poverty by creating decent work.  Tackling barriers to young people’s economic inclusion has never been more urgent, with half a billion young people surviving on less than $2 a day, and twice as many young women as young men unemployed.”

Leigh has been appointed following a rigorous, competitive recruitment process led by trustees – including those appointed from the YMCA movement and those aged under 25. Leigh will be attending the YMCA World Council in Thailand this July. You can learn more about Leigh on his LinkedIn profile and he tweets at @leighdaynes.

He is a former Trustee of the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT) and Chair of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network.

Tom Burke has been Acting Chief Executive since December 2017 and will return to his substantive post of Deputy Chief Executive from June 2018.  Commenting on Tom’s tenure David French said:

“We trustees are immensely grateful to Tom for all he has done through the recent transition – on top of his long contribution to Y Care International’s work.  We all look forward to continuing to work with him as Deputy CEO.”


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