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The Aleto Foundation appoints a new CEO and welcomes two new trustees
Marking a new chapter in the future of the Aleto Foundation, the charity has announced a new appointment at the top of its organisation and welcomes its new CEO – David Villa-Clarke BEM.
Coming from a background in the Financial Services Industry, David has held Senior Management roles, in the field of Private Client Investment Management, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Development. David has extensive experience of working in the charity sector, having run his own international charity for 11 years. This achievement was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2017, where he was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his commitment to charitable service, mentoring and sports coaching.
David Villa-Clarke takes over the position from Veronica Martin, who will continue as Director of Membership and Fundraising. Mr Villa-Clarke started his position formally on 1 January 2018.
The charity is renowned for its work with the younger generation, many of whom are from humble backgrounds and have overcome adversity. With a focus on leadership development, mentoring and networking, the Aleto Foundation works with many promising individuals to help them reach their full potential in terms of carving out successful careers.
“I am thoroughly excited about taking up my new role as CEO of the Aleto Foundation,” says David Villa-Clarke. “I bring with me a wealth of experience which I fully intend to harness and put to good use. As well as 25 years of working in the Financial Services sector, I have been a board member of National Mentoring Day and worked within schools. I hope to inspire a new generation of leaders,”
Veronica Martin, who joined the Aleto Foundation in 2010, comments: “It has been an honour to watch the next generation progress on their journey to becoming leaders in business and industry and it has been a privilege to be CEO of The Aleto Foundation for the past seven years. The appointment of David Villa-Clarke will take the charity to a new level of success.”
Sir Ken Olisa OBE, chair of the Aleto Foundation trustees, says: “It’s Veronica’s vision and enthusiasm that has pioneered the charity’s leadership programme, mentoring and alumni network to make sure young people get the support they need. We were looking for someone who would be as impressive, committed and hard working as Veronica Martin; we believe that in David we have found that person and are truly excited for the future of Aleto Foundation.”
Veronica describes David as a “brilliant leader” and adds that she “is looking forward to working with him to move the Foundation forward”.
David says: “The role of CEO presents an exciting opportunity for me to use my leadership skills to take the organisation forward by rolling out national leadership programmes. I look forward to working with Veronica nd the Trustees to inspire the next generation of leaders
Aleto Foundation also recently appointed Daniel Taylor and Michael Hall to the Board of Trustees. They join the current Trustees; Sir Ken Olisa OBE (Chair), Adrian Joseph, Gary Elden OBE, Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, and Janet Thomas
About Aleto Foundation:
The Aleto Foundation, founded in 2010 under the name Powerlist Foundation, is devoted to aiding the development of a new generation of leaders. The Aleto Alumni Network comprises over 300 young people whose humbler origins, endow them with the understanding and empathy needed to be in the vanguard of the guidance of our great nation.
The charitable purposes of the Foundation are to promote the development of young people up to the age of 25 in achieving their full potential by providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities and enable them to participate in and contribute to society as mature and responsible individuals.
For more information visit www.aletofoundation.org.uk
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