Sam Younger appointed to VSO’s UK and international boards

Sam Younger appointed to VSO’s UK and international boards

VSO, a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering, has appointed Sam Younger as the UK board chair and international board vice chair.

Sam was the previous chief executive of the Charity Commission and has over 30 years experience working in regulation, public policy and charity. He has had many positions of leadership and previously worked as the founding chair for the Electoral Commission, director general of the British Red Cross, and managing director of the BBC World Service.

Sam, who will officially take up the role in November, replaces Andrew Cubie, who will come to the end of his three year tenure as chair.

Sam Younger said: "VSO is a charity I have long admired and I much look forward to supporting it in the global fight against poverty using the transformative power of volunteering."

Angela Salt, Director of VSO UK, said: "Sam Younger brings with him a wealth of experience in charities and public policy that will be a considerable asset to VSO's mission of bringing people together to fight poverty. His knowledge in these fields will help the UK and International Boards continue to build stronger programmes and make effective decisions about our strategy and role."

VSO works in more than 30 of the world’s poorest countries including Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Rwanda. Last year it reached more than nine million people. VSO helped more than two million children, including 20,000 disabled children, to get the education they deserve. VSO volunteers trained more than 12,000 health professionals, and reached more than three million people by providing HIV and AIDS support.


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Editor's notes

VSO – Voluntary Service Overseas – brings people together to fight poverty through the lasting power of volunteering. We work alongside communities worldwide to create positive change. Our programmes are in some of the world’s poorest countries, reaching millions of people through improved access to services in education, health, HIV/AIDS, disability, and governance. VSO’s vision is of a world without poverty, but we can only achieve this by working together.