LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, 11 DECEMBER 2023Leap Confronting Conflict’s Board of Trustees are delighted to announce that Jo Broadwood will be the new Chief Executive Officer to succeed Tracey Fletcher, who has been interim CEO since July 2023.

Jo is an exciting appointment for Leap. She brings a wealth of experience; a strong track record of success as a Chief Executive in the Charity sector; a passion for working with young people, and a deep commitment to social cohesion.

Jo joins Leap from Belong, the Cohesion and Integration Network, and has previously held CEO roles at organisations such as StreetDoctors. Under her leadership, both organisations have witnessed significant growth in income, staff teams, and impact. Her extensive engagement with government departments, influencing policy and practice on social cohesion, will be advantageous to Leap’s commitment to driving change.

Mark Spelman, Leap’s Chair of Trustees, said: “We are excited to welcome Jo as the next CEO of Leap. We have been impressed by her experience of conflict resolution, her passion for young people, and her ambition to grow the scale and impact of Leap’s work.

“The needs of young people remain critical to the wellbeing of the UK. Her knowledge and understanding of national social tensions and the pressures on young people make her an ideal choice to position Leap at the forefront of improving cohesion and reducing conflict within the lives of many young people in the UK.”

Jo understands Leap’s approach to training, having worked previously at the organisation, developing training materials to help young people in building self-awareness, skills, and behaviours to handle conflict situations in their lives.

Since her initial tenure at Leap, Jo has persistently advocated for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and offers extensive experience in conflict transformation across prisons, schools, and community settings where racial and social tensions exist. Jo’s experience in coaching, mentoring, and mediation equips her with deep expertise in conflict resolution, which will greatly benefit the role.

Jo Broadwood said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the excellent team and board at Leap Confronting Conflict, an organisation whose work with young people has always been very close to my heart.

“I am committed to developing the leadership potential of all young people to transform conflict and use it as an opportunity for change and growth, both in their own lives and with the communities and neighbourhoods they are a part of.

“In a world where divisive narratives and ‘othering’ can prevail, the question of how we live well and peacefully together has become one of the most important questions of the decade.

“I am looking forward to working with the team at Leap to support young people in developing their skills in navigating conflict and bridging societal divides so we can build capacity for social cohesion in the UK for the future.”

Leap is delighted to have Jo’s experience, energy, and drive to take the organisation forward as it plans for its 40th anniversary in 2027.

Jo will take up her new position as CEO on 26 February 2024.

Leap Confronting Conflict is an award-winning UK charity that runs programmes for young people aged 10 to 25 years old, as well as for adults in their lives, aimed at gaining the self-awareness and behavioural skills needed to recognise and navigate conflict situations.

Mark Spelman, Chair of Trustees
Leap Confronting Conflict

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