The NCS Trust announces new chair

Following a selection process led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Privy Council announced the appointment of Harris Bokhari OBE as the new chair of the NCS Trust (National Citizen Service). Harris will help lead the trust as it delivers its new strategy, providing greater choice and opportunity for young people and drives the government’s youth guarantee.

NCS is designed to support young people to overcome and combat the challenges they face.

Harris joins NCS Trust as an internationally acclaimed youth leader, having founded Patchwork Foundation in 2010.

He is a social entrepreneur, public engagement advisor and chartered accountant. His wide range of roles include serving on the Board of the Natural History Museum (Chairing the Audit and Risk Committee), The Royal Parks, the Prince’s Trust Mosaic Initiative and is an elected council member of the National Trust.

From a young age Harris has been committed to supporting young people. This commitment saw him personally mentor over 200 young change makers from disadvantaged and marginalised communities, many of who are now working at the heart of Whitehall including Downing Street.

Since being awarded his OBE, he has raised an additional £2m for various charities which has in turn benefited thousands of young people across the world.

He has been appointed as chair of NCS Trust for a three-year term.

Harris Bokhari OBE said: “I am honoured and excited to assume the role of chair at NCS Trust. To date, NCS has been a catalyst for profound change in the lives of countless young people.

“I am eager to contribute my efforts in enabling many more teenagers to unlock their full potential, irrespective of their background. There has never been a more important time for NCS to give young people confidence and skills.”

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