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Our governance

The Youth Endowment Fund was established in March 2019 by children’s charity Impetus, with a £200m endowment and ten year mandate from the Home Office.

Impetus

The Youth Endowment Fund is as an independent charitable trust, accountable to the Impetus Board.

Impetus

Impetus transforms the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by ensuring they get the right support to succeed in school, in work and in life. They find, fund and build the most promising charities working with these young people, providing core funding and working shoulder-to-shoulder with their leaders to help them become stronger organisations. In partnership with other funders they help their charities expand and influence policy and decision makers so that all young people get the support they need.


YEF Committee

The YEF Committee sets the strategy and oversees the work of the fund, reporting to the Impetus Board.

Sir Kevan Collins (Chair)
Former Chief Executive / Education Endowment Foundation
Eleanor Harrison
Chief Executive / Impetus
Hamid Patel
Hamid Patel CBE
Chief Executive / Star Academies
Rt Hon Hazel Blears
Former Secretary of State / Communities and Local Government
Junior Smart OBE
Founder of the SOS Project / St Giles Trust
Louis Elson
Managing Partner / Palamon Capital Partners
Naomi Hulston
Chief Operating Officer / Catch22
Professor Nick Pearce
Professor Nick Pearce
Director / Institute for Policy Research (IPR)

Grants and Evaluation Committee

Applications for funding to the Youth Endowment Fund will be considered by our Grants and Evaluation Committee, informed by our Expert Panel.

Hamid Patel
Hamid Patel CBE
Chief Executive / Star Academies
Bethia McNeil
Bethia McNeil
CEO / The Centre for Youth Impact
Bill Benjamin
Bill Benjamin
Partner / Ares Real Estate Group
Jo Hobbs Chief Executive / British Youth Council
Jo Hobbs
Chief Executive / British Youth Council
Professor Jonathan Shepherd Emeritus Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Cardiff University
Professor Jonathan Shepherd
Emeritus Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / Cardiff University
Laurie Hunte Criminal Justice Programme Manager / Barrow Cadbury Trust
Laurie Hunte
Criminal Justice Programme Manager / Barrow Cadbury Trust
Professor Leon Feinstein
Professor Leon Feinstein
Professor of Education and Children’s Social Care / Rees Centre

Expert Panel

The Expert Panel provides advice to the Youth Endowment Fund team to ensure that the work of the fund is informed by world-class expertise on youth offending and evaluation.

Alex Sutherland
Dr Alex Sutherland
Chief Scientist and Director of Research and Evaluation / The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)
Ben Styles
Dr Ben Styles
Head of Education Trials Unit / National Foundation for Educational Research
Caroline Turley
Caroline Turley
Director of Crime, Justice and Attitudes / NatCen
Darrick Jolliffe
Professor Darrick Jolliffe
Head of School of Law & Criminology / University of Greenwich
Essi Viding
Professor Essi Viding
Professor of Developmental Psychopathology / UCL
Iain Brennan
Professor Iain Brennan
Professor of Criminology / University of Hull
Ian McCaul
Ian McCaul
CEO / Chiltern Way Academy Trust
Dr Jyoti Belur
Dr Jyoti Belur
Associate Professor, Department of Security and Crime Science / UCL
Dr Matteo Sandi
Research Economist – Education and Skills, Community / LSE
Professor Peter Fonagy
Professor Peter Fonagy
Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences / UCL
Dr Sajid Humayun
Dr Sajid Humayun
Senior Lecturer, Psychology / University of Greenwich
Dr Vashti Berry
Dr Vashti Berry
Senior Research Fellow / University of Exeter

Funding from

Home Office

In 2019, the Home Office made £200m available over ten years to create the Youth Endowment Fund, as part of its long-term plan to tackle serious violence. Impetus won a competitive tender to run the fund.

© 2021 The Youth Endowment Fund Charitable Trust. Registered Charity Number: 1185413.
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