The youth social action charity City Year UK will this week announce two new additions to its leadership team. Simon Hepburn has been appointed to the role of Director of Programmes and is joined by Rodney Williams who will take up a position on the charity’s Board of Trustees.

Simon Hepburn

Simon joins City Year UK from U-Explore where he was the Director of Education and Policy, significantly growing the work of the careers education platform and consultancy work in London and the south. Simon has worked in the charity and education sector in senior roles for over twenty years for organisations including Academies Enterprise Trust, The Children’s Society, University of Greenwich and the Advisory Centre for Education. He has also been a Trustee Board member of ACEVO.

Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams joins the City Year UK board nine years after he volunteered on the programme. Since that time he gained seven years of experience in the construction industry with National Grid (one of the charity’s main and longest-serving financial backers). Rodney was recently honoured as one of the EMpower 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders in their 2018 list, presented by the Financial Times. In his spare time is Rodney is also part of ‘Honest Voice’, a team of entrepreneurs building a digital platform for young people to learn more about careers and personal development.

Commenting on his new role Simon said:

“I am really pleased to join City Year and I look forward to working with colleagues on the next phase of the development of the organisation. What attracted me to the organisation was the impact of the programme both the pupils and the volunteers, as well as the dimension with City Year programmes in both America and South Africa. I can’t wait to get started.”

Rodney Williams said:

“City Year UK has a fantastic programme. I learned so much during my time as a full-time volunteer; it really shaped me as a person and helped to get me into a career with National Grid. Becoming a trustee at City Year will enable me to continue ‘giving back’ by contributing to a programme that I’ve benefited from and to a cause that I believe in.  I hope to use my past experience as a volunteer to bring a fresh perspective to the trustee board and shape our charity’s future growth and progression.”

City Year UK Chief Executive, Kevin Munday, said:

“We are thrilled to have made such high-quality additions to our charity. Simon brings a wealth of experience and will help strengthen our already impressive volunteer programme. It’s also great to welcome Rodney back to City Year UK in an official capacity – he’s done so much for the charity since he finished the programme in 2010. We’re all really excited to add his unique input to the work of our board. I know they will both make a significant impact.”

For more information about City Year UK or for further comment and images, please contact Leo Watson, External and Public Affairs Lead, City Year UK: lwatson@cityyear.org.uk/07951 753732