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Introducing our new CEO!

Following a rigorous recruitment process that included the voice of young people and stakeholders, Sheffield Futures are delighted to announce that Roo da Silva (they/them) will be joining the charity on 1st November 2023. 

Roo, a Sheffield resident, has over 10 years of experience in CEO, Founder and non-executive roles, and comes to Sheffield Futures with a long standing commitment to supporting young people. Most recently, they led the growth of a disability focused charity into a national youth-led movement for disability inclusion, and have continued to work as an independent mentor and coach.

In the interviews, Roo was ranked first by both the Stakeholder and Young People’s interview panels and impressed Trustees with their energy and creativity, as well as their professional knowledge and experience.

“We are delighted to welcome Roo to our charity. The continuity of Sheffield Futures’ work is vital for young people in Sheffield and being confident about the on-going leadership to take this work forward is a real boost.”

Chris Humphreys, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Speaking about the new role, Roo commented:

“I feel privileged to be joining an organisation doing such important work with and for Sheffield’s young people. I am looking forward to getting to know the young people at the heart of our work, and our voluntary, public, and private sector colleagues and partners with whom we share goals and vision. I can’t wait to get stuck in to supporting our passionate and knowledgeable team to continue Sheffield Futures’ drive to meet the needs of all young people in our diverse and proud city.”

Current CEO, Karen Challis, will be retiring from the charity in December, enabling a short period of handover including an introduction to our partners and networks.