Youth Access announce departure of CEO James Kenrick

Youth Access, the national network of youth information, advice and counselling services, has announced the departure of its CEO James Kenrick. James has spent over 20 years at Youth Access, and served as CEO since September 2017.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together over the past two decades, and particularly in the last two and a half years while I’ve been Chief Executive.” James told Youth Access members in a message announcing his decision to step down. “The rights-based, person-centred approach to service delivery that our members embody is now very much at the forefront of national efforts to transform youth mental health services, backed up by an increasingly strong evidence base.” James stressed the importance of partnerships across the sector in working towards the network’s aims.

Barry Williams will be taking over the reins as Interim CEO while the Youth Access board recruit James’s permanent successor. Barry joins from the young people’s sexual health charity Brook where he is Director of Strategy, having previously held senior posts at the youth charity Ambition. James’s final day at Youth Access will be 15th May.