Allsorts is pleased to announce that Katie Vincent is taking over the leadership of the project from Jess Wood MBE, who is retiring in the Autumn.
After 20 years at the helm of Allsorts, Jess is stepping down to focus on her PhD at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. Katie Vincent has been appointed the new CEO and has been working closely with Jess in developing a new vision.
Katie says: “I’m really excited to be taking over from Jess, we’ve had a blast and I will continue the Allsorts culture of fun, openness, inclusion and warmth and ensuring children and young people are always at the heart of our service. My task is clear, to build on the foundations of our reputation & reach and expand our services. Jess’s creativity, spirit and energy is something that has constantly inspired me and will continue to drive the project & our mission forward.”
Allsorts Youth Project, was founded by Jess Wood, MBE & James Newton in 1999. The project has grown in 20 years from a small volunteer led project into a multi-award winning nationally recognised LGBT+ youth project. In those early days Allsorts had no funding but a lot of enthusiasm! Jess, an artist, & James, a youth worker & postman, were motivated to provide something for LGBT+ and unsure children and young people because at the time there was almost no support services available in Brighton, and they saw a great need.
Jess says: “It’s been a wonderful 20 years working for Allsorts, we’ve always had the most fantastic staff team, trustees & volunteers, without whom the project could not have thrived the way it has. We’ve had so much fun and achieved so much and as with any youth project it is the children & young people that are the heart of everything that makes Allsorts so fantastic! I will treasure my memories of individual young people who have triumphed over terrible adversary in their lives and with the help of Allsorts, have been able to flourish.”
Allsorts looks forward to a new era under the dynamic leadership of Katie Vincent.