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Food redistribution charity The Felix Project has appointed Charlotte Hill as its new CEO.

The former CEO of Step Up To Serve and Youth UK will begin her new role in January 2022. She is set to replace acting CEO Steve Thomas, who was previously CIO.

Thomas has been in charge since former CEO Mark Curtin left in August this year to join sports charity Lord’s Taverners.

“I am delighted to join The Felix Project as their new CEO,” Hill said. “Sustainability and food poverty are two of the great challenges of our times and The Felix Project is doing incredible things to address both key issues in London.

“It is exciting to join such a dynamic, innovative charity addressing these pressing societal issues where there is such demand.”

Hill became the CEO of UK Youth in 2010, and moved on to the same role in Step Up To Serve in 2014.

Prior to that, she was a Whitehall advisor for six years before becoming a parliamentary advisor at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

She was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her services to young people.

“Charlotte brings such a breadth of experience in the charity and campaigns sector, along with a great passion for the work The Felix Project does to tackle food waste, hunger and insecurity in London,” said The Felix Project chair of trustees Gavin Darby.

“Her leadership will be pivotal for The Felix Project as we take our next steps forward as an organisation.”

The Felix Project is London’s largest food redistribution charity. It has grown six-fold since the coronavirus pandemic began, going from 6.4 million meals delivered in 2019 to over 26 million so far in 2021.

The organisation, which partners with FareShare nationally, expects to deliver 34 million meals by the end of the year.

“As a Londoner myself, I know food poverty is far-reaching and has an impact detrimental to many communities, and particularly to young people,” Hill added.

“I’m excited to bring my experience in the voluntary and youth sectors to Felix, helping to engage the next generation around the circular economy, reducing food waste, and ending food poverty.”

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