Staff, Trainers and Trustees are the heartbeat of this organisation and the reason why Leap has been able to evolve and adapt over the last three decades. This community of individuals are all committed to building a culture of innovation and excellence across the organisation and to better support the young people we work for.
We have a proud record of Leap graduates becoming fulltime members of staff and/or trustees and this is something we want to expand and embed further in the coming twelve months.
The staff team is led by Chief Executive Ben Kernighan. Ben joined Leap as Director of External Affairs 2015, and became Chief Executive in 2019. Before Leap, Ben was Group CEO at the National Union of Students. He was Deputy Chief Executive of the National Council for voluntary Organisations and started his working life at The Terrence Higgins Trust. He is a trustee at the Henry Smith Charity - a large charitable foundation.
From his work training HIV volunteers to his work leading Leap, Ben has a passionate belief in the talent and potential of young people to transform their lives and become great role models for the next generation of young people. He believes that all our lives are better when we have the skills to manage conflict and work to bring this opportunity to more young people.
Ben is supported by a team of five Directors.
Senior Management Team
Director of London Programmes
Director of Impact & Innovation
Director of Income & External Affairs
Director of Delivery (Placed-based partnerships and VRU's outside of London)
Director of Finances and Resources
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