Raleigh International announce Julian Olivier as new Chief Executive

24th September 2019
Julian Olivier

Raleigh International, the UK’s leading youth-led sustainable development charity, has announced that Julian Olivier will take over as Chief Executive in the New Year.

Julian Olivier, who is currently Deputy Chief Executive of Raleigh International and a former Director of Programmes, Head of Countries, and Director of Raleigh Central America at the charity, will replace Stacey Adams, who has been Chief Executive at Raleigh since 2007.

The announcement comes after a rigorous six-month recruitment process, managed by an external recruitment agency, which saw over 120 candidates apply. A youth panel of former Raleigh volunteers, aged 18-25, was involved in interviewing the shortlisted candidates for the position.

Announcing the appointment, Khalid Koser MBE, Chair of Raleigh International’s Board of Trustees, said, “I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Julian into his new role with us. His vision for the future of Raleigh International is compelling and clear – creating a global movement of young changemakers – and entirely undimmed by his long and successful career with us so far!”

“Julian really believes in the power of young people to drive lasting change in our world. He will ensure they are at the heart of designing, delivering and evaluating our work. As we can see from the recent Global Climate Strike, young people are far ahead of decision makers and those in power when it comes to tackling global issues. Our job at Raleigh is to provide them with the support and platforms they need to take action, and I truly believe Julian will build on Stacey’s incredible legacy to make us the organisation of choice for young changemakers.”

Julian Olivier commented, “I am genuinely honoured and excited to be taking on the role of Chief Executive. Like all involved with Raleigh International, I am a passionate advocate for youth-driven change. I believe that Raleigh is at a very exciting moment in its history, with a huge potential to maximise the energy, creativity and determination of this current youth generation to tackle some of the most persistent and complex challenges facing our planet. If we don’t unleash their full potential it will be too late to address the global emergencies of climate, biodiversity, inequality and poverty that we are witnessing today.”

“I am hugely excited to have the opportunity to build on Stacey’s significant achievements to continue focusing the organisation so that we can connect up the current youth generation with the skills, people, partnerships and resources they need to drive forward the youth-led solutions to these urgent challenges.”

Departing Chief Executive Stacey Adams commented: “I am delighted to be handing over the reins after 13 years to someone as passionate, driven and experienced as Julian. He has already delivered so much for Raleigh across his time with the organisation and I have absolutely no doubt that he will lead Raleigh on to new levels of global impact. I wish him and all at Raleigh every success.”

Julian will take up his new role as Chief Executive on 1st January 2020.