Archbishop’s Youth Trust Appoints Director of Fundraising


Stewart Graham standing outside Bishopthorpe Palace on a sunny day

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust today announced that Stewart Graham has been appointed as Director of Fundraising. 

This new appointment is a key strategic part of the national expansion of the Trust, following a grant from Allchurches Trust, to further develop the work of the charity beyond the north of England. Further appointments will be made in the near future, as the Trust seeks to reach out to children and young people across the country.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “I’m delighted with the progress that the Youth Trust is making in reaching more young people and communities. When I visit Secondary and Primary schools involved in the Young Leaders Awards, I’m always encouraged and inspired to see how the young people are growing in confidence, leadership and positive character attributes. They are leaders, not of tomorrow, but today! This new appointment of the Trust’s first Director of Fundraising is an exciting and essential step to ensuring the growth and sustainability of this vision”.

Stewart Graham, as Director of Fundraising for the Youth Trust, will build the Trust’s sustainable income and develop key relationships to secure its future success. Stewart has been fundraising for over eight years and has developed individual giving and legacy programmes for charities including St Ann’s Hospice and Henshaws. He has a Diploma in Fundraising from the Institute of Fundraising (IOF) and sits on the IOF North West Committee.

Stewart said: “Every young person can play a part in changing our world and the Young Leaders Award helps them understand how to do this in a way that includes others and contributes to their local communities. With my background in theological studies and fundraising experience, I look forward to working with the staff team, the Archbishop and our donors to help young people develop their leadership skills and reach their full potential.”