National Citizen Service Trust CEO Mark Gifford to step down

Mark Gifford is stepping down as chief executive of the National Citizen Service Trust after four years to take a senior role in the housing sector.

The Trust is incorporated by royal charter and oversees the work of youth participation service the National Citizen Service, which was created during David Cameron’s coalition government.

Gifford is leaving in “late autumn” says the Trust, to become CEO of a housing association based in Oldham.

The charity is now looking to recruit his successor.

Over the last year the NCS has switched from its original focus of offering young people summer residential activities to also offering community and online activities.

This has come amid a reduction in central government funding for the service since its launch more than a decade ago.

“The Trust’s running costs have been reduced year on year under Mark’s leadership, showing a focus on value for money, and youth voice has been implemented across the organisation,” said the Trust.

Gifford said: “My time at NCS Trust has been incredibly rewarding as we have developed a new strategy and built our reputation for delivering transformed experiences for young people.

“Thanks to a strong network of partners and grantees, as well as my valued team at NCS Trust, our new strategy has achieved a successful first year.

“I will look back fondly on being part of this journey helping young people boost their prospects in life thanks to their involvement in NCS experiences. To help them become work ready and world ready has been a huge honour.

“Now is the time for personal change, with a role closer to my home in the North West.”

NCS Trust chair Harris Bokhari added: “Mark has played a pivotal role in advancing the Trust’s strategy and vision and leaves us in good stead to continue our mission into 2025 and beyond.

“On a personal level, I want to thank Mark for his warm welcome when I joined as Chair last year, and for his insight, honesty and integrity. I wish Mark the best of luck as he pursues a new opportunity.”

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