After almost eight years with Kingston-based arts charity Creative Youth, Chief Executive Officer Phil Hetherington is to retire at the end of December.
Phil initially joined Creative Youth on secondment from his role as a Senior Manager for British Telecom heading a team of Project and Programme Managers. But his enthusiasm for both the arts and the charity led to him taking a permanent position.
In addition to delivering the high-profile annual International Youth Arts Festival, Creative Youth enables young people in Kingston, and surrounding areas, to be involved in innovative, ambitious projects.
Chair of the charity, Robin Hutchinson, said:
“When Phil joined us from BT, it was great to have his marketing and management experience supporting a young and emerging charity. His decision to stay with Creative Youth to help manage its growth and sustainability has been of the key reasons behind our success.
“As we approach our 10th year we have a lot of reasons to be grateful to Phil for his energy, warmth and commitment. I know that everyone involved with the charity wish him the very best in his retirement.”
Phil Hetherington said:
“The last seven and a half years with the Creative Youth charity have been incredibly special and completely different after 41 years with BT in the corporate sector.
“I am very proud of all the achievements the charity has made in this time, in particular watching Kingston come alive each year during the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF).
“I have enjoyed working with, and seeing such talented young people develop and grow in confidence and experience. I will be sad to leave but intend to keep in touch and watch its continued development in the coming years.”
Arts manager Louise Coles, who was involved in fundraising for the fledgling Rose Theatre project 15 years ago, will take up the post of Creative Youth CEO in January 2018.