UpRising appoints new Chief Executive

UpRising, a national youth leadership development organisation, is delighted to announce the appointment of Marc Whitmore as Chief Executive. Marc will join Uprising in April 2020.

Marc is currently Partner at More Partnership, the UK’s leading values-led, employee-owned philanthropy consultancy and has worked with not-for-profits and educational organisations large and small across the UK and overseas. Marc began his career at the English Speaking Union, a London-based international educational charity that equips young people with the tools they need to find their own voice through speaking and debating in public. This included the creation of the now decade-old London Debate Challenge, pairing student mentors with young people in 451 schools across the capital. Subsequently, Marc led fundraising in educational contexts, including as Director of Development at Cranfield School of Management, and at YouthNet (now The Mix).

Commenting on his appointment Marc said:

“There’s never been a more important time for local and national conversations to draw on the full diversity of talent in our country. As a national youth leadership organisation, UpRising’s mission – to open up pathways to leadership for young people from every background, equipping them with the tools they need to flourish – has never been more relevant. I’m excited to join an organisation that’s already had such an impact on the lives and communities of thousands of young people over the past decade and look forward to working with the UpRising team to support and serve even more over the next decade.”

Commenting on Marc’s appointment, co-founder and Chair of Trustees Rushanara Ali MP said:

“Marc joins us at a time when building and engaging the leadership of young people from every section of our society has never been more important: not only in bridging divides but also in ensuring the relevance and legitimacy of our institutions in the long-term. Marc brings invaluable educational experience to the role, and my fellow Trustees and I look forward to working with him to deliver UpRising’s mission.”