The inaugural chair of The Challenge Network, Patrick Shine, is stepping down on March 31st and will be replaced by Colin Smith OBE.
Patrick has held this role since the charity was founded in April 2009 and has been pivotal to its rapid growth and development over the last 3 years.
The Challenge Network (TCN) was founded with the mission to connect and inspire people to strengthen their communities. The organisation delivers ‘The Challenge’, a programme which brings young people together from all walks of life within a local area and supports them to strengthen their communities. The Challenge Network is the largest provider of the Government’s flagship scheme, National Citizen Service (NCS).
In 2012, 10,000 young people will take part in ‘The Challenge’ across all London boroughs, Surrey, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
In October 2011, The Challenge Network launched The Challenge Society, a new year-round programme which supports all graduates of The Challenge and their friends in on-going opportunities to continue to develop valuable life skills and impact their communities.
Commenting today, Craig Morley, Chief Executive of The Challenge Network, said:
“It has been a privilege to work with Patrick, who has brought extensive knowledge and experience to The Challenge Network from both the business and third sectors. Patrick has played a vital role in TCN’s achievement’s to date - his dedication and personal support has been invaluable and his contributions in our formative years will set us in good stead as we move forward. We are looking forward to Colin joining as Chairman, where he will bring a wealth of experience in fast moving consumer businesses and the not for profit sector and will play a crucial role in steering the strategic direction and governance of TCN in the years ahead.’’
Patrick Shine said:
“I am incredibly proud of The Challenge Network’s success. The organisation has come a long way and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to play an essential role in its establishment and growth. During my role as Chair, The Challenge Network has worked with both government and a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, and built the robust systems and processes that enable large scale growth and support programme quality.
The Challenge Network makes a real difference to civic society by building trust and confidence in young people and hence making a difference in their local community, and I will continue to support the charity in an informal role supporting new development initiatives.”
Patrick Shine continues as Lead Partner and co-founder of The Shaftesbury Partnership, Executive Director of the social enterprise FranchisingWorks, and Chairman of the Southwark Free School Trust.
Colin Smith OBE is currently Chairman of Poundland Group Holdings, Europe’s largest single price discount retailer and a past Chief Executive and Finance Director of Safeway Plc. Colin has also had previous experience in the not for profit sector as a Trustee of Save The Children and as Chairman of the food industry sponsored Red Tractor assurance scheme.
Looking ahead to his new role, Colin Smith commented, ‘‘I fully support TCN’s mission to connect and inspire people to strengthen their communities. I am looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees and the talented staff team to ensure TCN continues to increase the scope and quality of its programmes’’.