Lorraine Preece, YSS CEO, who has worked tirelessly for YSS for 16 years, informed the Board of Trustees eight months ago that she would be stepping down from her role in 2019. 

Lorraine said: "It is a privilege to work for this amazing organisation, but after 16 years (five years as CEO), I have decided it is time for me to step down in 2019. I will work closely with the new CEO when appointed, in order to ensure a smooth transition.  As well as wanting to travel more, I plan to remain working with the sector I am passionate about as a consultant, supporting like-minded organisations."

David Chantler OBE, Chair of Trustees, commented: "Lorraine has been an inspirational leader, delivering an organisation that has helped people from across a wide range of situations overcome significant challenges whilst ensuring the financial resilience of YSS into the future, through a broadly based set of income streams.

"She has built YSS’ reputation as a leader within the voluntary sector, making contributions to policy development at a national level and keeping us in the public eye. Her legacy is a sound organisation, performing well which is firmly rooted and respected in its local communities. It has been a pleasure to work with Lorraine initially as Criminal Justice lead on the Board and more recently as Chair, and wish her well with her future plans."

David and the Board of Trustees have been working closely with Lorraine around succession planning and recruitment is now underway.