Jack Straw announced as new Blackburn Youth Zone chairman

Blackburn Youth Zone has today announced that Jack Straw will become its new chairman after he stands down as an MP at the next general election.


The Blackburn MP, who is currently honorary president of the charity, will take over from Andrew Graham, CEO of Graham and Brown, who has served as chairman of the board for the last four years.

Jack will  take up the role  from May 2015, with Andrew  remaining as chairman until that time, at which point he will continue on the board, taking the lead on private sector engagement and fundraising.

On the chairmanship Andrew Graham said: “I am delighted to confirm Jack has agreed to become Chair of the Youth Zone. From day one he has been an incredible supporter of the charity, immediately understanding what an impact on regeneration and youth development this world class project can deliver in the area.

"This is an incredible opportunity for the BYZ, with Jack's connections locally, nationally and internationally, his wisdom and his incredible passion for helping the people of Blackburn, he will be able to help the Youth Zone continue to flourish and leave a lasting legacy within our community.”

On accepting the role, Jack said: "It is an honour to be invited to chair the Youth Zone board and I was delighted to accept Andrew Graham's offer.

"The Youth Zone is the most important development in this area for years, providing great opportunities for young people and bringing the community together.

"Andrew's herculean efforts have led to an excellent example of public and private sector partnership."

Youth Zone chief executive, Peter Little, said: " I'd like to thank Andrew for his unwavering belief and deep commitment to the young people of Blackburn.

"This organisation has become a catalyst for the business community to come together to support our young people. He leaves us in a strong position ready for the next stage in our development. "In Jack, we will be able to capitalise on his outstanding ability to bring our ground breaking project to the attention of national policy makers, allowing us to continue leading the way."