nurtureuk announces new Chief Executive

16 June 2020

Arti Sharma has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of nurtureuk.

Arti has been a trustee at nurtureuk since May 2018, and was the former Deputy Chief Executive for youth social action charity City Year UK. At City Year UK, Arti led all of the charity’s external facing activities including school sales, recruitment, partnerships, public affairs, communications and development. Arti’s background in marketing and communications spans multiple not for profit and commercial sectors, and she notably created the British Council’s ‘Study Work Create’ campaign. Arti is also an ACEVO Leadership Fellow Winner.

Nurtureuk’s Chair Susan Henderson OBE said: “Replacing our CEO Kevin Kibble was always going to be a challenge, but we are delighted to welcome Arti Sharma as Kevin’s replacement. Arti began her career as a teacher and has also had extensive experience of working in the charity sector.”

“Arti is very familiar with the work of the organisation having served as a trustee. She shares the values that underpin the charity and is committed to our mission to ensure that all children and young people have a positive nurturing experience. She will be a powerful advocate, particularly given the uncertain environment that so many children face as a result of the pandemic. The trustees and staff welcome Arti as our new CEO.”

On becoming nurtureuk’s new Chief Executive, Arti said “I am delighted and humbled to have this incredible opportunity to lead nurtureuk in its next chapter.”

“Having had first-hand experience of bereavement at a young age and knowing the subsequent impact it had upon my early school years, I strongly believe children from any background have the right to a safe and nurturing environment to be the best they can be.”

“I’ve been passionate about the betterment of children and young people throughout my career and I am looking forward to progressing the incredible legacy nurtureuk has built. I am fortunate to be joining the charity at a time when its reputation and influence is growing, and I want to see its impact continue to expand. I look forward to building on the many achievements nurtureuk has delivered and I can’t wait to meet all the team and get stuck in!”

Nurtureuk’s outgoing Chief Executive Kevin Kibble who is due to retire at the end of June is instead undertaking a maternity cover role during the current Covid-19 pandemic. “I’m sad to be leaving nurtureuk and its brilliant staff and trustees after almost eight years and have thoroughly enjoyed leading a wonderful charity through a period of dynamic change and growth. I’m really excited to see what more the charity is going to do to support vulnerable children under Arti’s leadership and wish her every success in the role.”

Arti will begin her work as nurtureuk’s Chief Executive in July 2020.