The Young Foundation appoints Tim Allan as Chair of the Board

Date: 12 October 2012

Tim Allan, Managing Director of Portland, and former deputy press secretary in 10 Downing Street, has been appointed to be the next Chair of The Young Foundation. The role is non-executive and unpaid.

The vacancy arose following the departure of the previous Chair, Peter Wheeler, to a new job in the Far East.

Tim was an advisor to Tony Blair between 1992-98, working as part of the campaign team in the run up to 1997 General Election and then serving as deputy to Press Secretary Alastair Campbell in 10 Downing Street. He was Director of Corporate Communications for BSkyB plc 1998-1999, and after an MBA at INSEAD in 2000, founded a communications consultancy, Portland, in 2001. Portland now employs around 90 people in London and New York.

The Young Foundation focuses on using innovation to meet social needs. It builds on the legacy of Michael Young, the British sociologist and social activist who created over 60 organisations including the Open University, Which? and Language Line. Since it was formed in 2005, it has created Studio Schools, with 15 schools open across England and a further 15 planned to open by 2013; the youth leadership programme UpRising which now operates in London, Bedford, Manchester and Birmingham; and Care4Care to tackle the national crisis in care faced by our ageing population.

Marcial Boo, the Young Foundation acting chair said: “Trustees and staff at the Young Foundation are delighted to have found a dynamic and high-calibre Chair. Tim will bring his entrepreneurial, political and communications skills to the Young Foundation and help the organisation maximise its potential to address social need”.

Tim Allan said: “I’m very pleased to have an opportunity to support the Young Foundation. It is an organisation with a track record of excellent research, innovative policy ideas and creative new ventures. I am particularly keen on the Young Foundation’s emphasis on the role of entrepreneurship to meet social needs. I look forward to working with the talented executive team to build on Michael Young’s proud legacy, and to making the Foundation as effective, as relevant and as innovative as possible.”

Tim will take up his new role on 15 November 2012.


Notes to editors:

1.Contact: Alison Harvie on 07909 912 444 or

2. We are The Young Foundation and we are 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.

3. Recent publications from The Young Foundation include Move It: Increasing Young People’s Participation in Sport commissioned by Nike, a report for Camden Council on the impact of the cuts on the most vulnerable in the borough and 100 Not Out on resilience and active ageing.