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Retail expert to take top job at the NCS Trust

JANUARY 29, 2020

Mark Gifford, Director for Shop and Trade at Waitrose will become the new chief executive of the NCS Trust in March after Michael Lynas announced that he would be stepping down last year.

A novice to the voluntary sector, Gifford will take up the £150,000-a-year role at the NCS Trust on the 2 March.

Gifford, who lives in Manchester, has worked for the John Lewis Partnership, which owns Waitrose, since 2000. He was director of retail operations (north) at Waitrose for four years before taking up his current position in March 2017.

A statement from the NCS Trust said "His experience in setting strategies to deliver the partnership’s mission and goals will be invaluable to NCS as it moves into its second decade, a new delivery network and as exciting new partners come on board," the release added.

The NCS Trust is the royal charter body that was set up to run the government’s flagship youth programme, the National Citizen Service and is currently involved in a legal dispute with the Challenge, previously the largest provider of the programme. Read our blog here - National Citizen Service accused of "mismanagement and failure of leadership"

Since it was established, the NCS Trust, and its predecessor a community interest company, have received around £1.5 billion pounds from government, but have repeatedly failed to meet participation targets and faced criticism over how they have spent their money. Meanwhile, funding to youth services has been decimated and hundreds of youth clubs have been shut down with thousands of youth workers losing their jobs. Read more here.

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