Street League has appointed John Coleman, Chairman of Barchester Healthcare Ltd, a major care home business, as its new chair of trustees. John takes over from Mike Parker, who led the charity’s Board for nearly a decade. Following a recruitment process with support from Korn Ferry, the handover was made official at the charity’s AGM on 23 June. 

“I am excited to be joining Street League at such a pivotal point in its journey and feel passionately about the need for youth employability services. I believe in the power of sport and have been impressed by Street League’s innovative and effective approach to tackling poverty in Scotland and England’s most disadvantaged communities. Street League’s support is about much more than finding a job. The frontline staff build young people’s confidence, create connections and support their overall wellbeing. I look forward to joining the team and getting started on this vital work at such an important time.” John Coleman, Street League Chairman.

John brings a wealth of business experience at board and executive level, particularly in the retail sector. He has been Chairman of several companies, including Bonmarché Holdings, Aga Rangemaster, and McBride plc (Europe’s leading manufacturer of private label household products). John also holds significant executive experience as CEO of House of Fraser between 1996 and 2006, CEO of Texas Homecare, a part of Ladbrokes plc and Managing Director roles at the Burton Group, including Topshop, Topman and Dorothy Perkins.

“We are delighted to have someone of John’s calibre and experience to lead our Board of Trustees. Having introduced an innovative co-leadership model last year and off the back of a very successful 2019-20, which saw our best financial performance, Street League is in a strong position to tackle the rising youth unemployment levels that we are currently witnessing. John’s business leadership and governance experience will add tremendous value to Street League”. Dougie Stevenson, Street League Managing Director.

Earlier this month, Street League launched its online offer ‘Head Body Future’, having adapted its services and continued its support for young people throughout lockdown.