Following a search led by Prospectus, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Katharine Sacks-Jones as the new Chief Executive of Become.
Over 99,000 children and young people live in care in the UK; a third will have three or more placements in a year. Over a third of children come into the care system aged 4 or under and around 12,500 young people aged 16+ leave care every year. Become is the voice for children and young people in care. They provide help, support and advice to young people in care and young care leavers so they can unleash their potential and take control of their lives.
We sought a CEO to lead Become through its exciting new strategy, maximising the charity’s engagement, reach and impact. The new CEO would put children and young people in care at the heart of all that Become does, overseeing the development of innovative approaches to truly engage young people.
We targeted strong leaders who brought demonstrable evidence of delivering instrumental policy or social change with sound strategic experience and a passion for making a difference. We targeted candidates working in children, youth and family organisations, children’s services, homelessness and employability charities and campaigning bodies and actively encouraged applications from those with lived experience of care.
Katharine Sacks-Jones was appointed to the post. Katharine worked in her early career in politics, before leading national policy at the homelessness charity Crisis. More recently, she had set up a new charity, Agenda, using her public affairs experience to develop a national profile in only a few years. Katharine brings a track record of effecting policy and legislative change as well as building cross-sector alliances and securing media support. She also brings current and previous experience as a charity Trustee.
Hugh Thornbery, Chair of Become commented: "Prospectus is my agency of first choice when seeking to make senior charity appointments. Over the last seven years they have found for me great candidates for senior director and CEO roles leading to highly successful appointments. They know the sector very well, do client informed searches and the team are great to work with. I particularly appreciate the way they maintain relationships with clients and appointed candidates over time as this informs their approach and organisational development."