14 Feb 2012

The Children’s Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Reed as its new Chief Executive. Reed will take over the reins from Interim CEO Shān Nicholas in May.

Matthew ReedReed, an ordained priest, is already a good friend to The Children’s Society, as a former member of the Board of Trustees. His appointment follows his most recent role as Chief Executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and 8 years in senior positions at Christian Aid.

Reed’s arrival will come at an exciting time for The Children’s Society’s as it prepares to launch its new vision for the charity until 2020. He will lead The Children’s Society’s continued commitment to children’s well-being and take forward its groundbreaking work with the most disadvantaged children and young people. This work means the organisation is uniquely placed to be a strong and influential voice for children and families.

The Children’s Society works in close partnership with the Church of England and its Christian values of love, justice and forgiveness underpin its work with children of all backgrounds.

The Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro and Chair of The Children’s Society Board of Trustees said:

'We are thrilled to welcome Matthew Reed to The Children’s Society and we are privileged to have him leading us through this next phase of our work.

'At a time when things are increasingly tough for vulnerable children and families, strong leadership is more important than ever.

'The Children’s Society believes fundamentally in the right of children to have a say in their own lives and future, and with Matthew’s guidance we can be sure children will remain at the heart of everything we do.

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Media enquiries

For more information, please call David Dinnage in The Children’s Society media team on 020 7841 4422 or email david.dinnage@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.

Notes to editors

The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.

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