Simon Samuels has joined the youth maritime training Academy UKSA as Head of Fundraising as the charity gears up to deliver new educational initiatives for disadvantaged young people in its 25th anniversary year.
Samuels (pictured) joins the Isle of Wight based charity from the YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough where he was Head of Fundraising. There he was responsible for the development of fundraising, communications and philanthropy strategies, repositioning the organisation within its national umbrella and, with new and existing partners, within the East of England region.
His role at UKSA will be to find new avenues of funding to support the charity’s work with disadvantaged young people who are struggling to find work, want to retrain or have been excluded from higher education.
Daryl Pride, Director of Development at UKSA, said “UKSA has in place a series of new measures to help tackle youth unemployment, disengagement and social exclusion using maritime education and outdoor learning environments to change lives and broaden horizons.
“To attain our goals, we are focusing our efforts on partnerships with Trinity House and other maritime charity partners, developing training opportunities in the large yacht sector for Isle of Wight based young people. Fundraising is central to the success of all of these initiatives. Simon’s wide experience in the youth education charity sector will be integral to our capability to deliver these programmes during 2012 and beyond.”
Prior to the YMCA, Samuels was Regional Fundraising Manager for the national education charity Young Enterprise London. From 2001 to 2008, he was Consultant (Donors and Projects) to the Future Harvest Group (CGIAR). That organisation is an NGO sponsored by the UN and World Bank which works to alleviate hunger and poverty through the provision and development of self-sustaining agricultural practices in less developed countries.
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