New Chief Executive for Action for Children

Posted by / Tuesday 17 April 2018 /
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Leading children’s charity Action for Children has announced the appointment of Julie Bentley as its new Chief Executive.

Currently CEO at Girlguiding, the largest charity for girls and young women in the UK Julie will take up her new post in the summer. She succeeds Sir Tony Hawkhead who stepped down from the children’s charity in February.

Previously Chief Executive of The Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the Family Planning Association, as well as a Trustee and then Vice Chair of Shelter for six years, Julie has dedicated her career to the charity sector.

Julie said: "I will be very sad to leave Girlguiding which is a fantastic charity working with hundreds of thousands of girls and young women every year. But after almost six years it felt time to hand over the baton and take on a new challenge myself. Action for Children works with some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in our society, their work is crucial and it will be an honour to join the trustees and staff and volunteers to take the charity forward."

Chair of Trustees at Action for Children, John O’ Brien, said:

"Julie Bentley is a fantastic appointment. She will bring with her much valued experience and skills. Action for Children is proud to have her on board to help transform the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK. I know she will help us to make a huge difference to the lives of the children, young people and families we support. We are very grateful to Carol Iddon, Managing Director of Children’s Services who has been acting CEO since Tony’s departure. She will continue in that role until the end of July."

Julie Bentley will take over as CEO at Action for Children on 1st August 2018.

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