YHA is a major national charity and in keeping with the original principles of YHA, we aim to enrich the lives of all, especially young people, by providing brilliant hostel stays and experiences that improve physical health, mental wellbeing and life skills through the outdoors, nature, heritage and culture.
Our 14 Trustees have overall legal responsibility for the charity and work closely with our Chief Executive Officer, James Blake and his talented Executive Team. They bring their life experience and their diverse skills to an organisation they love – in some cases because they grew up with it, and in others because they have seen the transformation it can bring to young people.
As a Board they come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and they work collaboratively, combining the highest degree of professionalism with a relaxed and friendly approach. Our new strategy, ‘Adventure. For the first time and a lifetime’ was launched just as England and Wales went into lockdown and remains as relevant as ever as we look towards a post Covid-19 future. It focuses above all on access and inclusion.