Restless Development CEO Nik Hartley is standing down after an incredible 19 years with the organisation.
Nik, who was awarded an OBE for his efforts, leadership, and commitment for young people in 2015, first joined Restless Development in 1999 as an international advisor.
At the time, the organisation was based out of a converted bathroom in Westminster School.
In August 2011 Nik was appointed CEO. Since then he’s overseen the organisation’s transition from a volunteer-sending charity working in a handful of countries to a global agency led by nationally registered Hubs.
Paying tribute to Nik’s tireless work, Justine Greening, former Secretary of State for International Development, thanked him for his hard work in creating a unique ethos at the organisation.
She said: “One of the things you did so brilliantly was to help show everyone in the development world that Restless Development wasn’t just about advocacy, it was about action. I think if there’s one thing I'll never forget, and always be grateful for Restless Development doing under your leadership, it was the work on Ebola.
“That work saved thousands of lives.”
Gerard Howe, Head of Inclusive Societies at the Department for International Development (DFID), added: “A [colleague] once told me that if they could build a development organisation from the ground up, it would be Restless Development.”
Perry Maddox has been appointed the new CEO, bringing 15 years of expertise working in the youth and community development sector.