The Boys’ Brigade national youth organisation has, for the first time, appointed a female as Director of its work in England and Wales.
Natalie Whipday has swapped her career as a lawyer for a role which will see her head up the BB in England & Wales, bringing her 14 years focused on family law and 18 years in the BB together.
The 33-year-old first began her own BB experience when she was 15-years-old when she became a volunteer helper of the anchor section with her local Company, the 53rd Manchester.
She then worked up the BB ladder by working on the executive committee as a volunteer alongside the development team promoting the work the organisation does in the local Manchester area.
Natalie will now direct the organisation in England & Wales which sees over 16,000 members meet every week, with a focus on creating sustainability of numbers and ensuring the same high standards of quality are displayed throughout each company.
“I am thrilled to have taken on the role as the Director for BB in England & Wales. My appointment is an exciting challenge for me within an organisation that I am very passionate to be part of. My background is in family law, child protection and youth work and I am keen to bring this experience, alongside my passion for youth work to this new role.
“I loved working within the legal profession, but I knew it was my time to dedicate myself fully to an organisation I’d been involved with from a young age. I now get to combine both my passion and hobby.
“Growing the BB will be a major focus of my role. I want to ensure that our existing groups are retaining members and offering the best possible environment for young people to learn, explore new talents and ultimately have fun, while we also encourage new young people to join.
“I am extremely supportive of ensuring that the organisation is within the forefront of youth work in England and Wales, and that it is promoting inclusion for all young people.
“With my own BB Company being in the inner city of Manchester, I know first-hand the importance of providing somewhere safe and nurturing for young people and look forward to working with the organisation.”
Natalie takes over from Eric Hudson who served as Director for England for 33 years.
Bill Stevenson, acting CEO for The Boys’ Brigade UK & ROI, welcomes Natalie to the organisation.
“We are delighted to welcome Natalie on board to The Boys’ Brigade as the new Director for England & Wales. I know she will bring fresh ideas and energy in our work with thousands of young people across the country.
“Given Natalie’s experience, both within and away from youth work, this is an excellent appointment and I know the whole organisation wishes her well.”