PROFILEGraham Young has been engaged in some of the most exciting developments at the interface between charity and business. He was one of the founders of the Traidcraft Group and a leading strategist in the development of Fair Trade in the UK and the movement globally. He secured the joint working of the main NGOs in international development which led to the establishment of the Fairtrade Foundation which awards the Fairtrade Mark in the UK and chaired its Board for 10 years.
Graham is a member of the Board and Finance and Risk sub-committee of the large international NGO 'Practical Action'. He also founded and is the Board Chair of one of the trials for the national Great Place Scheme. He was an early Trustee of SolarAid and a Director of its Kenyan social enterprise SunnyMoney which catalysed the commercial solar market in Africa and was the largest 'last-mile' seller of pico Solar there.
Graham is a skilled people manager, decision-maker and facilitator, particularly in crisis management. He is a leader and strategist, with a proven track record as a CEO, Chair, Interim Director and Consultant in both business and NGO environments. Graham's experience and style command respect and enable those with differences to work together.
APPOINTMENTS & ACTIVITIES
A Founder and Chair - Northern Heartlands Great Place Scheme (2017 - to date): Arts, Heritage and Cultural Landscape organisation in the Durham Dales. £1.8 million budget, £1.5 million core funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.
Trustee – SolarAid (2007 – 2013): Appointed to assist in the growth of this new charity providing solar energy to the world’s poorest people.
Director – SunnyMoney (2011 – 2013): Kenya based company selling solar products in East Africa.
Founder Chair – Fairtrade Foundation Board (1992 – 2001): Founded by the main overseas development agencies, dedicated to encouraging best trading practices in the commercial sector for sourcing from the global ‘south’. FF awards the Fairtrade Mark. Key player in the development of the Ethical Trading Initiative between government, business, unions and NGOs.
Founder Chair – European Fair Trade Association Board (EFTA) (1990 - Dec. 1999): Maastricht-based business association of the major Fair Trade businesses in eleven European states, with an aggregated turnover of US$120m+.
Chair of the Council – Shared Interest (1990-96), Council Member (1996-98): Managed the establishment of this social investment company, facilitating community businesses in the global ‘south’. Helped steer the society to a capital fund of £20m, raised from individual investors.
Chair, Establishment Committee - International Federation for Alternative Trade (IFAT now WFTO) (1987-89), Board Chair (1989-93): Worldwide trade association of Fairtrade importers and suppliers.
Trustee – Amka Tanzania (1994 – 1999): Export capacity building for community businesses in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Tanzania.
Founder Chair and Board Member – Just Exchange South Africa (1993 – 1999):- Export capacity building for community businesses in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in South Africa.
Board Member - Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR, now Progressio) (1996-2004) Chair, International Policy Committee (1996-1998): Charity carrying out research, analysis and briefings on development issues and sending 130 professionals to work in Government ministries and community organisations in eleven countries world-wide.
Freelance Television Presenter – ITV and BBC (1989–1994): Presenter of live, outside broadcasts around the UK and Europe.
Board Member – International Broadcasting Trust (IBT) (1994–1998): TV and Film Production Company specialising in development and environment programming.
Director – Graham Young Consulting Ltd. (Jan. 2000 – to date)
See ‘Clients’ for list of recent clients.
General Director –Traidcraft Exchange, Gateshead (1986 - Dec. 1999): Established the organisation in 1980 as the development arm of the Traidcraft Group, working for equitable terms of trade with the global south. Chair of the Board until joining full-time in 1986.
Regional Youth Officer, Methodist Division of Education & Youth (1980-86):
Training youth and community workers across the North of England.
National Youth Officer, Christian Aid (1975-80):
Developing the organisations youth education strategy.
Voluntary work in Austria with the severely disabled (1972/3).
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