Resignation of Simon Tucker as Chief Executive of The Young Foundation

Date: 1 February 2013

After eight years at The Young Foundation stretching back to its establishment, Simon Tucker has decided that it is time for him to move on to the next challenge and has announced his resignation as Chief Executive.

Simon initially joined to establish Launchpad, the ventures arm of The Young Foundation. As Director of Ventures, Managing Director and then Chief Executive he has played a key leadership role in the success and growth of the organisation and in particular in developing its work in education, health, investment and social innovation. As Chief Executive, Simon has guided The Young Foundation through the current recession to date adding to our reserves and feels this is an opportune moment to hand over to others.

Recruitment of a new Chief Executive will commence immediately and Simon will remain in post until his successor has been recruited to ensure a smooth transition.

He will continue to be involved with The Young Foundation in a number of ways as a Fellow and continue to represent it on the boards of some of its spin-out ventures.

Tim Allan, Chair of Trustees said: “We are grateful for Simon’s contribution to building and leading The Young Foundation over the last eight years. I hope and expect he will remain involved with The Young Foundation and wish him the best for the future.”

Simon Tucker said: “I have been immensely privileged to work with the most talented and inspiring group of people at the Young Foundation and to play a part in some work which was genuinely innovative and achieved real social change. I look forward to taking The Young Foundation spirit of adventure with me as I move on to the next challenge.”


Notes to editors:
1.    Contact: Alison Harvie on 07909 912 444 or
2.     The Young Foundation is determined to make positive social change happen. We pioneered the field of social innovation with The Open University, UpRising and Studio Schools. We work closely with individuals, communities and partners building relationships to ensure that our thinking does something, our actions matter and the changes we make together will continue to grow.