Press Release

Leap Confronting Conflict announces New Chief Executive Officer

Alicia Edmund, Senior Communications and Policy Officer
Thursday 21st February 2019
Mark Spelman, Leap’s Chair, said:

“I am delighted that Ben has agreed to become our new Chief Executive. He was appointed following competitive interviews with young people, staff and trustees." data-share-imageurl="https://www.leapconfrontingconflict.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/image/BK%20Mailchimp%20Image.jpg">

Ben Kernighan has been appointed as Chief Executive of Leap Confronting Conflict. Leap is an award-winning national charity that provides inspirational conflict management programmes and support to young people and the professionals that work with them.

Mark Spelman, Leap’s Chair, said:

“I am delighted that Ben has agreed to become our new Chief Executive. He was appointed following competitive interviews with young people, staff and trustees. He brings a wealth of experience including as Deputy Chief Executive at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and CEO of the National Union of Students. He is a very talented leader and advocate who brings an exciting blend of vision, innovation and practical approaches to the youth sector”.

Ben Kernighan said:

“It is a huge privilege to lead the young people, trainers, staff and trustees at Leap. As we witness shocking levels of street violence, growing numbers of young people in care and more people being excluded from school, Leap’s work could not be more important. I want us to work openly and imaginatively with organisations right across the public, private and voluntary sectors, because all our experience suggests that is how we will help young people transform society”.

Over the last three years, Leap has:

  • won CYP Now Children and Young People's Charity of the Year Award
  • Launched Under our Roof (Young People in Care) Programme designed to support young people and their carers with the skills and confidence to manage conflict which will ultimately support them to build safe and stable relationships
  • helped 93% of graduates from our core Improving Prospects Programme learn the tools and strategies to help them manage conflict situations (n=78)

National Statistics from 2018

 

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