CEO, Chris Hindley, receives O.B.E. for services to young people in the North West of England


Youth Fed are delighted to announce that our CEO, Chris Hindley, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 and has received an O.B.E. for his services to young people in the North West of England.

Chris has served as CEO for Youth Fed since 2010 and has driven the organisation forward to support more and more young people each year. He has helped launch, and guided the delivery of, new projects and initiatives that directly enabled young people to thrive and achieve their full potential, regardless of background or circumstance.

During 2020, Chris has been instrumental in the internal change at Youth Fed to be able to deliver more digital courses and continue to support young people in the local areas during the ongoing lockdown and what is an incredibly worrying time for many people.

In addition to Chris’s role at Youth Fed, he is also a board member of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. Plus, he has led the development and implementation of the Birmingham Signposting Service, headed the bid and build teams which created the Fermain Academy Free School and, until recently, served as a trustee of the National children’s charity – UK Youth.

Chris commented “like all honour recipients, the first thought on hearing the news of the award is of all the people who have helped, supported and provided opportunities for me to grow and develop. I have been lucky to work with a great many inspirational CEOs and I have been part of boards led by brilliant Chairs such as Lady Anne Stoneham M.B.E., Christine Gaskell and Clare Hayward M.B.E.

However, this award is a recognition of the Youth Fed and the amazing work it does to support thousands of young people across the North West of England. Through this award, the efforts and dedication of all the staff, volunteers and Trustees will be rightly acknowledged. I have been privileged to be part of an outstanding senior leadership team and it is at this great charity that I have been fortunate to work closely with the President: David Briggs M.B.E., and Chairs: Judith Done, Alastair Stoddart and Jim Bisset M.B.E., all of whom have made me a better leader and played a critical part in making me the person I am today.

I am hugely grateful to my family and to my beautiful wife and daughter for providing the safe base from which I have been able to explore and, to mangle an old phrase, ‘if I have been lucky enough to see a little further than others, it is only because I have been lifted by these wonderful people’.”

James Bisset M.B.E, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Youth Fed congratulated Chris and advised “The board of Trustees and indeed the whole Youth Fed team would like to extend our congratulations to Chris on this well-deserved award as recognition for Chris’s endeavours in creating meaningful change for young people in our region.”