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6 July, 2010

Citizenship Foundation announces new Chief Executive

The Citizenship Foundation is happy to announce that Andy Thornton has been appointed as its new Chief Executive with effect from 1 September 2010. He is currently the Foundation’s Director for Programmes and Innovation and has played a leading role in the development of the Foundation’s participation and social action programmes.

Andy Thornton said, ‘The Citizenship Foundation has been a great force for change over the last 20 years. Our vision for a fair and inclusive society is as vital as ever. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Foundation into an exciting new era: one in which the contribution of ordinary citizens is valued by all political leaders. Our purpose and commitment is to support that contribution and I can't wait to play my part in it.'

Andy Thornton came to the Citizenship Foundation in 2004 after three years at the Giving Campaign where he founded the Giving Nation programme for secondary schools, now firmly established as one of the Foundation's keynote projects. Prior to that, he was the Manager of the Greenbelt Festival, a Youth Health Promotion Officer in Glasgow, a Community Worker and a full time rock musician.

Michael Maclay, Chair of Trustees of the Citizenship Foundation, said, ‘Questions of citizenship in its many dimensions are imposing themselves on the national agenda more urgently than ever before. Against a backdrop of political change and economic pressures, the Foundation will need forceful and imaginative leadership. In Andy Thornton, we have exactly the right person for the job, and we wish him and his excellent team every success.'



Media contact
Emma Doyle at the Citizenship Foundation, tel: 0207 566 4134 or email emma.doyle@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Notes to Editors
About the Citizenship Foundation
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity (no 801360) that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society. Founded in 1989, our particular focus is on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding of the law, democracy and public life. We do this by championing civic participation, supporting teachers and schools with the delivery of citizenship education and by working with young people in community-settings on issues that concern them. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk



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