Young Citizens welcomes Ashley Wheaton as new Chair of Trustees

We are delighted to introduce Ashley Wheaton BA Hons as Young Citizens’ Chair of Trustees. He takes over from Dr. Edge Watchorn, who moves on after many years of dedicated service to the charity.

Ashley is currently Principal at the University College of Estate Management, responsible for all aspects of the university college’s academic and business operations.

As Principal, he works works directly with the Chair, the Board of Trustees and the UCEM Executive Leadership Team to ensure that the University College delivers against its vision to be the Centre of Excellence for Built Environment Education and the world’s most sustainable university.

Ashley has previously held senior roles as Director of Global Learning Services for Microsoft, and Chief Executive Officer of InfoBasis Ltd, a global Talent Management software company.

He spent six years as a Non-Executive Director of BRE Group, and is currently a Member of the GuildHE Executive, Vice-Chair and Trustee of JISC, Chair of Building People CIC. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from University of London

Ashley said: “It is an honour to join one of the UK’s biggest and best education charities as its new Chair of Trustees. I am passionate about how education can help children and young people feel connected to issues in the real world. It is clear that Young Citizens’ resources and programmes support this special type of learning, lighting the spark of active citizenship at all stages of education. I am excited to work with the team to build on our existing relationships and offerings whilst exploring new avenues for growth.”

Young Citizens’ Chief Executive, Ashley Hodges, said: “On behalf of everyone at Young Citizens, I am thrilled to welcome Ashley as our new Chair of Trustees. With his wealth of experience in tech and education, he is the perfect person to guide our charity through an exciting time of change and development, helping us to retain our position as one of the UK’s foremost education charities. Trustees and staff members are looking forward to meeting Ashley and working together to produce an exciting new five-year strategy.”