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Sir Peter Fahy appointed as Chief Executive Officer

Retrak has appointed Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy as their new Chief Executive Officer. Sir Peter will take over from Retrak’s current CEO Diarmuid ONeill, who has helped the organisation grow exponentially over the previous seven years.

Chair of the Board of Trustees, David King, said today: “We are delighted that Sir Peter Fahy is joining Retrak as our CEO. Throughout his career he has shown huge commitment to the welfare and involvement of young people.”

David added: “His proven leadership and passion for transforming street children’s lives will accelerate Retrak towards our vision of a world where no child is forced to live on the street.” Sir Peter will take up his post of CEO in November.

Sir Peter was interviewed by a panel made up of both the board and senior staff as well as street children presently in Retrak’s Uganda’s programme. Involving street children in the recruitment of senior staff is a unique approach to ensure Retrak puts children at the heart of what it does.

Sir Peter said: “I know Retrak from my voluntary work with them with teams of GMP staff and colleagues from the Fire Service traveling to Uganda and Ethiopia to work with street children there. It is a great charity rescuing hundreds of children every year and with the potential to grow further. It fits in well with my interest in child protection and child welfare issues in this country. I am very excited by this new challenge.” Read more about what Sir Peter said about his appointment here.

On the current CEO, David said: “Diarmuid is an inspiring and visionary leader. His commitment, drive and leadership have enabled Retrak to massively increase our impact on the lives of street children. He lives out our values of boldness, excellence, respect and innovation in all aspects of his work. As chair I could not have asked for a better CEO to work with.”

Diarmuid said: “Sir Peter will put the spotlight on street children who are typically invisible when it comes to policy makers and donors the world over. It will bring much needed focus and attention to a group of highly vulnerable children who are often ignored. We are all very excited at Peter’s appointment.”