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Jim Minton appointed as new Chief Executive

Published: 12 Jul 2017

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Toynbee Hall has appointed its next permanent Chief Executive to lead the organisation into a new era.


Jim Minton has more than 15 years’ experience of high profile leadership roles in the voluntary sector and in government and is currently Director of Membership and Communications at London Youth. Prior to this he was Head of Strategy at DHA Communications and a Senior Civil Servant within the Home Office. He is a trustee of an East London refugee charity, and earlier in his career held senior roles at charities Centrepoint and NCVO.


Jim takes up post in October 2017. In the interim between the departure of longstanding former Chief Executive Graham Fisher in March, and Jim taking the helm, Shan Nicholas has been leading the organisation and she will work with Jim to oversee the transition.

Toynbee Hall works on the frontline in the struggle against poverty, using its learning to influence London-wide and national policy. Based in the East End of London it gives local communities a stronger voice, providing access to free advice and support and advocating for change that will improve lives now and for future generations.

Jim takes on the leadership of Toynbee Hall as it enters one of the most significant periods of change in its 133 year history. The regeneration of the Toynbee Hall Estate and restoration of the Grade II Listed halls will enable the organisation to draw powerfully on its heritage in the East End, further improve and deepen its service offer, and provide a platform for the voice and participation of community members.

 Julian Corner, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said:

We are delighted to announce Jim’s appointment and look forward to working with him during Toynbee Hall’s next phase.

Jim has a strong track record of value-driven and creative leadership, and we are confident that he will ensure that Toynbee Hall builds powerful partnerships with people and communities to tackle social injustice and overcome the challenges they currently face.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Shan Nicholas for her tremendous work as interim Chief Executive. Shan’s guidance and management has positioned the charity well for the future.”

Jim Minton, new Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall, said:

“I am honoured and excited to be taking on the role of Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall. I share the passion of its staff, trustees and supporters for tackling poverty and social injustice and helping to ensure people facing challenges in their everyday lives have a powerful voice in shaping decisions that affect them.

There is a huge need for ambitious and creative solutions to tackle poverty and disadvantage. Everyone I have met so far who is associated with Toynbee Hall has been both deeply committed to the vital role that the organisation must play in finding and promoting these solutions, and positive about what the future holds. I am very much looking forward to working with them and building on the strong base that been established throughout Toynbee Hall’s long history.”

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