With her exceptional background in journalism, news and current affairs, Kirsty will bring a host of skills to the role, along with passion and dedication for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
Kirsty, who presents Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 and also fronts a variety of television programmes, brings impressive experience to the role. She began her broadcasting career twenty five years ago at BBC Radio Scotland and her work has been wide-ranging with stints anchoring network news and television series including BBC’s Crimewatch. Kirsty is a keen long term supporter of UNICEF UK and most recently helped to launch 7: The David Beckham Fund for UNICEF.
David Bull, Executive Director, UNICEF UK said: “We’re thrilled to announce Kirsty Young as the new President of UNICEF UK. She brings incredible experience to the role alongside a strong belief in UNICEF’s work for children across the world. Kirsty is able to speak about the issues facing these children with authority and passion. I am excited to have brought a powerful new voice to our mission for children. Kirsty has a natural synergy with UNICEF, it’s values and our desire to put children first. Her experience of current affairs made Kirsty a natural choice for President and we look forward to working with her over the coming years.”
Kirsty Young, UNICEF UK’s President, added: “I am delighted to step into the role of President for UNICEF UK and it’s a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Lord Ashdown. I hope that I’m able to help by shining a light on the vital work UNICEF does with children in danger across the world. As a mother, I can think of nothing more important than keeping vulnerable children safe and healthy. UNICEF is dedicated to that cause and I can’t wait to get started by doing my bit to help such a brilliant organisation.”