Due to long term health issues Fiona Blacke has taken the difficult decision to take medical retirement and relinquish her position as CEO of the National Youth Agency.
Fiona has been chief executive since 2007 and has led the organisation through many changes. During that time the National Youth Agency has changed from a grant dependent charity into a modern social enterprise with youth work as its guiding principle.
Fiona Blacke said, “It has been my privilege to lead NYA over the past 7+ years and to work with a team with such passion and commitment. Of course the journey has not been without its challenges, particularly in the current economic climate, but despite this NYA has always remained solidly committed to delivering youth work programmes, making transformational impacts on the lives of thousands of young people. “
“I will always be a passionate advocate for youth work and for this brilliant organisation.”
NYA’s chair of trustees, David Finlay, said “During her time as CEO Fiona reshaped the organisation and established a renewed focus on securing future youth work programmes. She has been a great support to me as chair, and her experience and insight will be much missed.”
Fiona leaves the organisation at the end of March. Jon Boagey is acting chief executive.