Innovative co-leadership model announced

Street League’s board are delighted to announce that Lindsey MacDonald and Dougie Stevenson have been appointed as co-leaders of Street League. They assume their new responsibilities with immediate effect.

Since February, Street League’s senior management team has been working together to lead the organisation.

Mike Parker, Street League’s Chairman said: “The success of a collaborative leadership model was something we wanted to continue, while ensuring effective decision-making and visionary leadership for Street League and the sector. We are excited by Dougie and Lindsey’s shared vision for Street League and commitment to ending youth unemployment across the UK.

Dougie and Lindsey will both be responsible for Street League’s overall success and delivering social impact for young people and communities across England and Scotland.

Dougie Stevenson

Dougie is currently our Managing Director (Scotland) and joined Street League in 2004 with a range of third sector front line experience.  Dougie created the staff ‘delivery team’ model and conceived Street League’s ‘Academy’ concept.  He led Street League in Scotland from ‘participation only’ into ‘employability services’ in 2009 and as UK COO, 2011-14, oversaw the transition to an employability focus nationally including regional launches into Greater Manchester and expansion in London.  Under his leadership, Street League’s operational footprint in Scotland has grown from one to sixteen local authorities and, with his team, has consistently driven, year on year, seven figure revenues and investment for the charity.  Dougie holds an honours degree from the University of Edinburgh in Community Education and has a postgraduate certificate in Management with distinction from Strathclyde Business School where he is undertaking his Executive MBA. Dougie has also completed the Transformational Leadership executive programme at Cambridge University, Judge Business School.

Lindsey MacDonald

Lindsey is our Director of Strategy and Impact, having joined Street League in 2014 as Managing Director of Street League’s female engagement programmes. This was transformative for the organisation, increasing our female participation rate from 3% in 2014 to 29% last year. She has worked with colleagues, partners, young people and the Board to develop our impact measurement systems and develop our new strategy, which sees us working with a wider age range to prevent youth unemployment. Lindsey joined Street League from the Homeless FA, the national homeless football charity, which she co-founded in 2011. Her previous experience was with charities working in international development, homelessness and sport. Named a Loran Scholar in 2002, Lindsey holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from Queen’s University in Canada. In 2015 she completed her doctorate at Brunel University. Lindsey won the UK's Women of the Future Award in 2017 and having received a Women's Leadership scholarship, completed her Executive MBA at Cass Business School, graduating with distinction in 2019.