The LIFEbeat Trustees and Executive Team are delighted to announce the appointment of Olivia Sixsmith as our new Executive Director. Olivia joins the LIFEbeat team full-time from 28th June.
Hugo Eddis Chair, LIFEbeat Board of Trustees, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Olivia to LIFEbeat. Olivia has 20 year’s experience working in charities dedicated to youth and community development, with a particular emphasis on arts related projects. She brings great energy, leadership, strategic insight and many years of fundraising experience. All of these qualities will be invaluable to LIFEbeat as we look to expand on our achievements of the last 13 years and to benefit an ever greater number of young people around the country.”
Olivia said of her new appointment:
“It is an absolute privilege to have been offered the role of Executive Director at LIFEbeat, and I am delighted to be joining at the beginning of anexciting new chapter for the organisation.
I am a youth and community worker at heart, committed to supporting young people to achieve their potential. I started my career working with children and young people in disadvantaged urban areas in London and Manchester, later working in Latin America. Over the last decade, my career has been focused on development, including fundraising, partnerships and communications. Most recently, I’ve been Director of Development at Right to Succeed (RtS), a young, fast-growing organisation that works to transform young people’s outcomes in areas of high deprivation.
This role at LIFEbeat merges my passions of creativity and community with my commitment to strategic growth – to meet the needs of more young people. I am committed to doing my best to serve the young people of our existing community and those we are yet to meet.
I can’t wait to get started and I look forward to meeting you all.“
As we move into our future, Olivia and Founder CEO, Lucy Sicks will work together over the next six months to ensure a successful and smooth leadership handover. As part of this transition, Olivia will be joining the Stanford Hall camp staff team. In the Autumn, we will be organising a number of opportunities for the LIFEbeat networks to gather both online and in person for Olivia to meet as many of the LB community as possible.
Lucy Sicks, LIFEbeat Founder said “I am thrilled to welcome Olivia and delighted that she brings the skills and experience to lead LIFEbeat into the next era. Olivia shares a passionate commitment to creativity, community and importantly to young people and will continue to prioritise their needs and potential at the heart of our mission. I am excited at plans to bring the LIFEbeat transformative approach to many more young people in the UK in these extraordinary times of change, where the inspiration of creativity and community is so needed.“