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Albert Kennedy Trust Announces Edward Lord as New Chair

The Albert Kennedy Trust, the charity for young homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people today announces the appointment of leading City of London politician Edward Lord OBE as the new Chair of the charity. Lord replaces previous Chair James Hodge who stepped down from the role in March after a year as Chair and a total of six years on the board.

As Chair of the charity’s Board of Trustees, Lord will lead in progressing and developing the Albert Kennedy Trust’s strategy as well as acting as the external face of the charity. Working in partnership with the Trust’s Chief Executive Tim Sigsworth, Lord will promote the growth of the charity to its next level, alongside the Board of Trustees.

Describing the appointment process, AKT Chief Executive, Tim Sigsworth, said: -Edward was selected from a range of very strong candidates following a competitive recruitment process, undertaken by a panel that included both Trustees and young people. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of candidates and are thrilled to have enlisted such a skilled and experienced Chair as Edward Lord to lead the Albert Kennedy Trust through an exciting and significant period of growth over the next few years.”

Speaking of the appointment, Edward Lord said: -It is a great privilege to have been chosen to lead AKT through its next stage of development. No matter how much we hope that Society has changed for the better in the last twenty years, we cannot escape from the fact that some young people end up without a home because their parents or guardian can’t accept their sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s where AKT steps in and does a magnificent job.

During my term in office, I hope to see AKT grow and thrive to become a truly national organisation, building on its existing strengths and the talent of its staff and volunteers. I am greatly looking forward to being part of that team.”

Now in its 23rd year, the AKT enables lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) young people to live in safe homes and to fulfil their potential. AKT supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment. For more information or to get involved visit www.akt.org.uk

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