20 August 2019 – Mike Penrose is to step down as Executive Director of Unicef UK. Mike has led the organisation since April 2016, and Unicef is grateful to him for his significant contribution, and unwavering commitment to championing children’s rights, both in the UK and around the world.
Douglas Alexander, Chairman of the Board of Unicef UK said: “The Trustees of Unicef UK would like to thank Mike for his leadership and service over recent years. Mike has had a distinguished career in humanitarian work and during his time at Unicef has been a fierce and effective advocate of children’s rights. We wish him well for the future.”
Mike said: “It has been a tremendous honour to serve as the Executive Director of such an amazing organisation with such passionate staff. Unicef UK is a dynamic and inspiring organisation and the commitment of all its employees to champion children’s rights never ceases to amaze me. I feel very proud of the work that has been achieved for children both here in the UK and around the world.”
Mike has decided to pursue a number of personal projects and will be leaving Unicef UK in the Autumn.
Unicef UK will start the process for recruiting a new Executive Director immediately.
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