The pandemic has put pressure on many charities, including ours, and caused widespread uncertainty. Yet, it has also highlighted the vulnerability of young people as they spent more time online. The work of Breck Foundation has never been more important than now.
Breck Foundation announced today that Michael Buraimoh has been appointed as the first Chief Executive of the organisation. Michael assumed responsibilities on 5 January 2022.
Michael comes to the role with a wealth of experience in transformational charity leadership, including as Director of Action for Southern Africa, successor to the British Anti-Apartheid Movement. Michael has a track record in strategic organisational development, quality-driven delivery, and impactful policy advocacy and campaigning.
“I am delighted to have Michael join us,” said Emily Cherry, Chair of Breck Foundation. “Michael has taken small organisations and really helped them grow. I look forward to seeing Michael lead us into the next phase of our development as an organisation.”
“Team Breck are looking forward to working under the leadership of Michael with his years of experience in charity and campaigning work,” said Lorin LaFave, founder of Breck Foundation.“ We welcome Michael to the team; with his experience and enthusiasm we are confident we will reach even more young people and their families to increase their online safety and digital resilience, and increase our impact through policy change and collaboration.”
On joining Breck Foundation, Michael said, “I am delighted to have joined Breck Foundation. As life continues to rapidly shift to online: ever more immersive gaming platforms, NFTs, banking and finance (including digital currencies), social interactions and much more, I look forward to working with my new colleagues and our partners in the sector to identify and respond to the ever-increasing threats these can pose for many vulnerable young people and to wider society.”
About Breck Foundation
Breck Foundation was born out of a tragic loss due to online grooming of a young person, Breck Bednar, a promising 14-year-old. The organisation campaigns for stronger online safety laws and practices and informs and educates the UK public on online harm, supporting vulnerable online users to play virtual but live real, and stay safe.
The Foundation has produced SEN resources for schools and delivers highly impactful online safety programmes to school children of all ages, including a peer-to-peer programme, Breck Ambassadors, run in partnership with Police forces in the UK, and an engaging verbatim play, Game Over, which highlights online harm by retelling a lived-experience – the Breck Story.