Street League launches its search for a new Chair in 2020

As we enter a new and exciting decade for the organisation, Street League’s Chairman Mike Parker will be stepping down this summer, after his final term as Chair and trustee. Having joined Street League as Chair in June 2011, Mike has made significant contributions to the organisation’s journey, growth and social impact.

'Bigger and better'

An empathic leader, Mike has encouraged Street League to be ambitious with a constant emphasis on its employees, charitable purpose and young people. His mantra of ‘bigger and better’ is reflected in the growth and successes that Street League has achieved during his tenure. Annual turnover has increased from £2.4m (2011) to £5.7m (2019) and the charity has earned several awards including the 2012 P&G UK Impact Award (BeyondSport), the 2016 Social Impact Award (Social Enterprise UK), and the 2017 Third Sector Excellence Award for Best Annual Report. Mike, along with his fellow trustees, Executive and staff, has championed transparency in the charity sector.

Exceptional leadership and experience

In addition to the experience and leadership he brought through a distinguished career, including being CEO of Dow Chemical and then British Nuclear Fuels, Mike serves on several charity and company boards. He is currently Chairman of Liverpool John Moores University and the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). He was previously a Non-Executive Director and Strategic Advisor on the Management Board at the Metropolitan Police and Chairman of Liverpool's economic development and regeneration company, Liverpool Vision. Mike was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours 2009 for services to the energy industry and in 2014 awarded the Citizen of Honour for the City of Liverpool.

Andy Ransom, Vice Chair and trustee of Street League said, “Mike has provided Street League with exceptional leadership over the past decade. He has ensured the charity’s journey has been one of continuous improvement and invested an incredible amount of time, energy and passion. The board of trustees and Executive are very grateful for his significant contributions and his role in helping thousands of young people move into sustainable employment across England and Scotland.”

Mike reflected, “Chairing Street League’s Board is a role that requires dedication but, I can genuinely promise, it is also one of the most rewarding roles that you could ever experience. You will be at the heart of a passionate and innovative charity and privileged to work with colleagues who are both excellent at what they do and whose dedication will inspire you.”

Applications now open

With the opportunity to lead and help shape Street League’s ambitious plans for the decade ahead, applications for the Chair position are now open. Street League’s Nomination Committee is being supported by Perrett Laver and Korn Ferry in its search for a new Chair. A recruitment pack can also be accessed on our website. Applications will close on Thursday, 27 February 2020.