Latest News | 15 June 2021

New chief executive appointed at children’s charity

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Children First Derby, which supports vulnerable children, young people and families has appointed a new chief executive.

Irshad Baqui takes on the role, bringing with him more than 15 years of charity management experience.

His most recent role was as chief executive of the Muath Trust – one of the largest community-based third sector organisations in the UK.

He said: “I am delighted to join Children First Derby and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the charity so far.

Irshad Baqui

“The charity has attained some incredible achievements and was recently honoured with the coveted Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

“With my previous experience in charity management and growth, I’m looking forward to building on the established success of Children First Derby and developing the charity further.”

Established in 1974, Children First Derby provides three bespoke services; a family support service, a mentoring service to support children and young people aged between 10 to 18 years and a supervised contact service for looked after children in Derby.

Operating from its premises in Leopold Street, the charity is run by a small, dedicated team of staff and more than 60 family support, mentoring and fundraising volunteers, providing much-needed support to around 400 vulnerable children, young people, and families.

Fred Jaques, chairman of Children First Derby, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Irshad to the team.

“With his extensive experience in charity management and expertise in business development success, we are confident that Irshad will continue to develop the success of Children First Derby, which will be vital for taking the charity to the next level.”

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