Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Gail Scott-Spicer as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 4 September 2017.

Gail brings a strong background in organisational leadership, policy and communications across the third sector and is highly committed to developing capacity to cope with the challenges some of the most vulnerable people face.

Gail’s experience includes leading Carers Trust, a national organisation for unpaid carers, as Chief Executive through a strategic repositioning. She also has extensive senior leadership experience within the youth sector, at charities including The Scout Association and Catch 22, plus non-executive positions as Deputy Chair of the Money Advice Trust and an Advisory Panel Member of Charity Bank.

Gail replaces outgoing Interim CEO Tracey Fletcher, who was appointed in June after Emma Atkins left the role after nine years at the charity.

Michael Kelly, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “On behalf of all the Trustees, I am delighted to welcome Gail as our new CEO.

“We had some truly exceptional candidates shortlisted as part of a widespread selection process, however Gail stood out for her passion and innovation which will be crucial towards us reaching our ambitious 2020 vision and goals.

“Gail joins at an exciting time for the charity, as we celebrate our tenth anniversary next year and continue our growth into new areas across the UK.”

Gail Scott-Spicer, Incoming CEO at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, added: “I am naturally delighted to be joining a charity that has had such a transformational impact on the lives of young people facing disadvantage.

“I have witnessed from afar the growth of the Trust over the past few years and have been particularly impressed by their commitment towards impact measurement and being at the forefront of best practice in the programmes they deliver.

“The Trust’s trained workforce of hundreds of world class athletes is a phenomenal vehicle for change in young people and communities. It will be a real privilege to work with this high performing group and continue to develop the support and training we offer them to benefit society through the Trust’s programmes.”

Tracey Fletcher, Outgoing Interim CEO at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, added: “The Trust is a special and unique charity. The model the Trust has developed unequivalently transforms lives and actively reaches out to some of the hardest to reach young people in our society.

“We unanimously agreed that Gail was the right person to lead the continued growth of the Trust, as it aims to deliver its transformational programmes in every area of the UK by 2020.”