UK’s Impetus Trust Recruits BBC Chief Creative Officer

UK venture philanthropist Impetus Trust has recruited Patrick Younge, chief creative officer of BBC Vision Productions to its advisory council. Impetus Trust works to break the cycle of poverty by investing in ambitious charities and social enterprises that fight economic disadvantage.

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Impetus Trust has recruited Patrick Younge, leader of the BBC production unit behind some of the UK’s best- loved prime-time television programmes, to its Advisory Council. Impetus Trust is the pioneer of venture philanthropy in the UK and it works to break the cycle of poverty by investing in ambitious charities and social enterprises that fight economic disadvantage.

As Chief Creative Officer, BBC Vision Productions, Patrick is responsible for the teams delivering hit BBC shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Antiques Roadshow, EastEnders, Dragons’ Den, Miranda and The One Show.

Before his current role he was President and General Manager of Travel Channel, Head of Programmes and Planning for BBC Sport, Commissioning Editor for Multicultural Programmes at Channel 4, and a Series Producer for BBC Current Affairs.

The Impetus Trust Advisory Council meets twice a year to debate issues of strategic importance to society, consider how financial and political trends may affect the Impetus portfolio and explore options for delivering its ambitious scale-up strategy which seeks to triple the size of its active portfolio of charities.

The Council includes a number of leaders from the business, charity, academic and media sectors. Patrick Younge joins the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times, Martin Dickson, as one the preeminent media specialists on the Council.

Commenting on the new member, Impetus Trust Chief Executive Daniela Barone Soares said: “The view of our media specialists is vital to the Council as they have an authoritative overview of the social trends and commentary that influences public and business thinking. Patrick is an exceptional addition to the team and I am delighted to welcome him.”

A full list of members and biographies is available. Find out more about Impetus on www.impetus.org.uk.

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Enquiries:
Impetus Trust Amy Stillman +44 (0)20 3384 3944

Impetus Trust works to break the cycle of poverty by investing in ambitious charities and social enterprises that fight economic disadvantage. It uses a highly effective venture philanthropy model to accelerate the growth of carefully selected organisations so they can help more economically disadvantaged people to gain education, skills and jobs.

Since its inception, Impetus Trust has raised over £22m, and delivered a 23% average annual growth in income across its portfolio organisations, which are now helping over 300,000 economically disadvantaged people a year. Organisations backed by Impetus Trust have increased the average number of people they help by a staggering 30% a year.

For more information about how Impetus works with the charities and social enterprises in its portfolio, and the impact it is having, please watch this short video http://vimeo.com/35520567.