A NEW chief executive has taken the reins at the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.

The charity announced today (Wednesday) it had appointed former Children in Need leader Clare Cannock to the role.

The youth trust is the Island’s largest independent provider of youth mental health services and supports more than 1,000 young people every year through its counselling service.

Clare said she was looking forward to further embedding a youth-led approach at the charity, acknowledging the efforts of its previous chief executive, Mairead Healy.

“I am really excited to be joining the Isle of Wight Youth Trust and continuing the valuable work that Mairead has developed, working alongside our talented team of counsellors, staff, volunteers and young people," she said.

"I am particularly looking forward to listening to the young people on the Island and using their insight to inform and develop our programmes and activities to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

"I am also keen to work in partnership with other providers to ensure a holistic and connected offer, ensuring young people can flourish across the Island."

Trust chair, Malcolm Marshall, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Clare to the youth trust family.

"Clare brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with young people across the charity sector, including in her most recent role as part of the senior leadership team at BBC Children in Need.

"Our vision is a future where all young Islanders are empowered to overcome barriers and achieve their potential, and Clare will lead the youth trust to continue serving our young people.

Mairead has left the charity to join Amnesty International.

Mr Marshall said: "Mairead steered the trust through a period of transformation and we’d like to thank her for the brilliant job that she did and wish her great success with her exciting new role.”