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SINCE 9/11 appoints new Charity Director to lead the charity’s next phase of growth

SINCE 9/11 is pleased to announce the appointment of Yvonne Richards to the role of Charity Director to lead the charity through its next phase of development. Yvonne is responsible for developing and implementing organisational strategy and building its capability to deliver this strategy. She takes over from Charlotte Agran.

Formally Director of Programmes and Learning at Young Citizens, Yvonne has significant experience in developing and leading educational programmes at scale and engaging schools, policy makers and funders throughout the UK. Prior to that, she worked for Kidscape leading their safeguarding and anti-bullying training for both teachers and pupils at a time when the Prevent Duty and British values were are at the forefront of schools’ agendas (2015-2018) and UK Youth (2000-2015) leading their education and training team.

Yvonne joins SINCE 9/11 at a crucial juncture. Today’s young people are increasingly exposed to disinformation and misinformation online. Conspiracy theories proliferate through social media and those with extremist views use the online space to spread hate, groom vulnerable young people and avoid the attention of authorities. SINCE 9/11 aims to support all young people to build resilience and to have the skills to think critically about what they encounter in both the on and offline worlds.

Yvonne Richards, Charity Director SINCE 9/11:

I’m really excited to join SINCE 9/11, particularly in 2024, an election year where our democracy has never felt both more fragile yet important. We all remember that dreadful day on 11 th September 2001 – where we were and what we were doing. Whilst we know that we are unable to change events of the past, we must both remember 9/11 and all the terrorist atrocities since and seek to build hope for the future from tragedy.

Peter Rosengard, Founder and Chair of SINCE 9/11, commented:

I am delighted to welcome Yvonne on board and look forward to working with her as we strive to implement our strategy and our vision to ensure that all UK secondary schools focus on teaching the events, causes and consequences of 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks in an attempt to create a better, more peaceful and harmonious future. Following the horrific terrorist attacks of October 7th in Israel and the post pandemic rise in conspiracy theories, our mission to immunise young people against radicalisation and to give teachers the tools and confidence to assist them has never been more important.

The recruitment process was a highly competitive one, with Yvonne being selected from over 180 applications and following a two-stage interview process involving members of the board.

Yvonne can be contacted by email on [email protected] or by phone 0330 102 0911.