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24 June, 2016

Citizenship Foundation appoints Tom Franklin as new CEO

The Citizenship Foundation has appointed Tom Franklin as its new Chief Executive Officer following the departure of Andy Thornton earlier this year.

Tom Franklin
Tom Franklin is appointed CEO of the Citizenship Foundation

An experienced leader in the public and voluntary sector, Tom is currently CEO of Think Global, a charity which works with schools to develop students as active global citizens. He has been responsible for guiding the organisation through a period of major transition, including the shift from core-grant to a mixed funding, entrepreneurial environment.

Previously Tom was CEO of The Ramblers, where he helped redefine the charity's strategic objectives and led the organisation through a period of rapid, modernising changes to deliver against these. Prior to The Ramblers, Tom was CEO of Living Streets, the charity which campaigns for everyday walking as a vital aspect of personal and social well-being.

For twelve years Tom was an elected member of Lambeth Council in South London, serving as Leader between 2000 and 2002.

Martin Bostock, Chair of the Citizenship Foundation says:

'I couldn't be more delighted to welcome Tom as our new CEO. He is a passionate and committed supporter of citizenship education and has a wealth of experience which will be fantastically valuable to us on many levels. His experience as a business leader, driving strategic change management, innovation and capability-building will be invaluable, as will his terrific track record in helping charities develop their funding models in a rapidly-changing environment. His knowledge and experience within the political arena will also be of huge value to us.'

Tom Franklin says:

'I'm very excited to be joining the Citizenship Foundation. As we've seen in the European referendum, questions about what it means to be a 21st century citizen are at the forefront of public debate. The Foundation does vital work in helping young people understand - and take full part in - democratic society, and it works closely with schools and other educational settings across the UK. I'm passionate about its focus on helping to inspire informed, active citizenship amongst all groups in our society, but particularly young people and those who are least advantaged.'

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