Leading digital youth charity, The Mix, is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Harrison as its new Chair of Trustees. He brings a wealth of experience in business development and management and is passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
He will take up the post in September. The current Chair, Luke Taylor, who is the CEO of CRM and Digital for Omnicom, will remain on the Board and continue to play a valuable role as a trustee.
Andrew Harrison is currently a partner at Freston Road Investments. Here he advises on a number of entrepreneurial consumer brands, including Five Guys, Secret Cinema, Strike, Whocanfixmycar.com and glasses retailer, Cubitts.
Andrew served as Chairman of Carphone Warehouse Ltd and was Group Chief Executive of Carphone Warehouse Plc before its merger, which he led with Dixon’s Group Plc. During his career, he has successfully grown numerous new businesses, has gained international retail and global services experience.
Andrew has two children who are aged 15 and 17 and is committed to supporting young people’s mental health. For over 10 years he was a trustee of the Get Connected helpline and was instrumental in bringing it together with YouthNet in 2016 to form The Mix. Following the merger, he joined the board of The Mix working on strategy, awareness and fundraising. He also personally supports their efforts to offer under 25s help and advice on bullying.
On joining the charity as Chairman, Andrew commented: ‘I am deeply passionate about what we have achieved as The Mix and even more excited to be leading it into the next phase of its growth. We have seen through the pandemic how valuable our digital-first service is to young people in the UK and we must strive to also take what they tell us and try and make the world a better place for them.’
Chris Martin, CEO at The Mix, commented: ‘It’s hugely exciting to have Andrew move into the role of Chair at The Mix. With his business expertise, passion and commitment to young people’s welfare, he will be a fantastic leader for our board and we’re all really looking forward to working with him.’