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Charlotte Hill, OBE

Executive Director, BBC Children in Need (Part 1): Pandemic impact on young people and the power of collective action - #iwill Campaign

“If we can get young people becoming Trustees and volunteers as young people, that’s when they form habits, and so they will then be volunteers and fundraisers and Trustees ... for the rest of their lives ... So it’s a great investment in our society more broadly and in civil society if we can get them engaged at a young age.”

Charlotte Hill became Chief Executive of Step Up To Serve in 2014 at the start of the #iwill Campaign. Prior to that she had been CEO of UK Youth. She is currently on secondment to BBC Children In Need, but will return to Step Up To Serve for the final months before the time-limited organisation closes its doors at the end of 2020.

Charlotte started her career working in Parliament for the Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP. She then moved to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as their Parliamentary Advisor. Charlotte has also worked with children’s charities in Australia and Cambodia.

Charlotte was awarded an OBE for services to young people in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.

Ep. 4 Charlotte Hill, Executive Director, BBC Children In Need

BBC Children in Need (Part 1): Pandemic impact on young people and the power of collective action

My guest this episode is Charlotte Hill, the founding CEO of Step Up To Serve. 

In Part 1 of our conversation, Charlotte and I talk about her current role, on secondment, as Executive Director for Children and Young People with the BBC’s Children in Need. There she is co-ordinating the COVID-19 funding response and developing a longer term strategy for collaboration, in the children and young people funding space. 

Charlotte reflects on her journey with Step Up To Serve, its achievements and the intricacies of running a time-limited collective impact project. We discuss the particular challenges for young people in the current crisis, and how we must engage young people in helping to think through what the ‘new normal’ should be, in order to build back a stronger civil society. 

This episode was recorded in September 2020, via Skype.

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