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Scottish women's charity unveils new CEO

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Jenni Snell will bring a wealth of experience to her new role with YWCA Scotland.

A Scottish women’s charity has announced that it has appointed a new CEO to take its work forward. 

YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement has confirmed that Jenni Snell will become its new chief executive officer from the beginning of next month. 

The charity’s former CEO, Dr Patrycja Kupiec, left the role in May this year, with Briana Pegado acting as interim CEO in the months since. 

Ms Snell brings with her a wealth of experience in senior leadership and supporting young people through her role as senior development officer at YouthLink Scotland. 

She is also a part of the YWCA Scotland family, an alumna of their Young Women Lead programme and part of their advisory panel.

Ms Snell said: “The Young Women’s Movement has been pivotal in my own feminist and leadership journey, having been a participant on the Young Women Lead programme and then a volunteer on the advisory panel. 

“It’s a privilege that this journey has now led me to become the next leader of the movement and I am incredibly proud of the difference that YWCA makes to the lives of women and girls across Scotland. 

“I’m passionate about intersectional voices in feminism and building a collective movement that enables young women to have a voice, challenge gender inequality and lead long-lasting change. 

“I look forward to working with our incredible team, partners and stakeholders to deliver our next ambitious three-year strategy."

The charity said it has been searching for a dynamic new leader ready to lead them in the next chapter of their work to inspire, empower and support women and girls living in Scotland for current and future generations to come.

Jenni will take up the role permanently from August 1. 

The charity’s interim CEO said: “We are delighted that in our tradition of our last three CEOs, including me, we have been able to appoint a talented, young women to the role of CEO of YWCA Scotland. 

“Jenni is an alumna of our Young Women Lead programme and it is so important for us as an organisation that young women truly lead our organisation at every level from board level to volunteers. 

“Jenni has experience building relationships, maintaining partnerships, working with funders, and takes an intersectional feminist approach to the work she does. 

“We are confident that she will help support our organisation moving into another exciting phase of its development building on its 100-year history come 2024.”