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30 April, 2010

Citizenship Foundation look for new Chief Executive

The Citizenship Foundation's Chief Executive, Dr Tony Breslin, is to step down this summer after nine years in the post. The recruitment process for his successor will be launched in May.

Tony has led the organisation through an exciting time that has seen citizenship established as part of the National Curriculum in secondary schools and the emergence of active citizenship and community engagement as major themes in public policy. During this period the organisation has undergone significant expansion, taking on the Giving Nation project from government, building the Go-Givers programme in primary schools and carrying through a successful merger with the Council for Education in World Citizenship. It is now delivering more education and participation projects than ever before.

Michael Maclay, Chair of Trustees at the Citizenship Foundation, said: ‘Tony has piloted the Foundation through a very successful period in its history. His originality, idealism and dedication have served us well, and we wish him every possible success in his future endeavours.'

Andrew Phillips, founding Chairman and now President of the Foundation, commented: ‘We are sorry to see Tony go, but it speaks for his achievement that he leaves such a strong team to take forward the Foundation's work at a time when connecting young citizens with the political process is more important than ever.'

Tony Breslin himself said: ‘It has been an honour to lead the Citizenship Foundation during such an interesting period. I am very proud of all that we have achieved over the past few years and I am sad to be leaving. But I am confident that, with the quality of its people and the importance of its agenda, the Foundation will go from strength to strength.'

Tony will leave the organisation in late August with a view to establishing a new public policy consultancy. Further details regarding recruitment will follow shortly.





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