Danny Smith, the new Chief Executive of Children First Derby, took up post in mid-June.
A school leader for over twenty years, his last position was as principal of the Dukeries Complex in Nottinghamshire, where he oversaw immense change and obtained hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of funding for the complex.
Danny took early retirement last autumn and looked around for a position which would interest him, and as he commented, “I am only interested in a position that is of direct benefit to society and which presents a real challenge.”
He has certainly found that with Children First! The charity celebrates forty years this year helping children, young people and families in the Derby area, and has to fundraise and secure grant funding on a continual basis in order to continue its vital work.
As the charity has only a small number of paid staff and a number of trained volunteers, a Chief Executive of Danny’s calibre and experience is quite a coup for the charity. In order to secure the charity’s future Danny certainly has his work cut out, but looking at his track record and his declaration that he wants a challenge, Children First looks like having a very memorable fortieth anniversary and a secure future to continue its vital work in Derby.