May 3, 2021 – Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed Jessica Greer Morris as the new chief executive officer of Prince’s Trust. She will help launch the U.K.-based youth charity organization in the U.S., serving as its first CEO. The search was completed by McDermott + Bull managing director Sue Waterbury and executive recruiter Allison Cox. Ms. Morris will guide the organization through a critical stage of growth as the charity responds to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on unemployment around the world. In establishing the U.S. location, she will create a conduit for American citizens to support the organization’s work on a global scale and will implement the program to transform the lives of unemployed youth in the U.S.
Ms. Greer Morris brings a variety of executive management expertise from the youth development, government, and non-profit sectors and key knowledge and experience of international organizations. Throughout her career as a human rights advocate over the last 30 years, she has served as founding executive director of Girl Be Heard, a global non-profit that develops, amplifies and celebrates the voices of youth; a founding principal at Man Up Campaign to stop violence against women and girls, which was launched at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa; and various senior executive positions in government.
“Our goal over the next year is twofold – to create a conduit for U.S. citizens to support our work around the globe and to bring the very same program transforming the lives of young people abroad to the United States,” said Ms. Greer Morris.
Dame Martina Milburn, group chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “For many years our young people at The Prince’s Trust have benefitted from the generosity of our supporters based in the USA. We are thrilled that we can finally establish a Prince’s Trust in the USA and look forward to this new chapter.”
The Prince’s Trust has supported more than one million young people across 17 countries to access education, employment, and training since 1976. Established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 1976, Prince’s Trust now leverages 45 years of expertise and experience to help organizations overcome the global issue of youth unemployment and to transform lives.
McDermott + Bull serves clients in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, biotech and life sciences, retail and professional services sectors. Since the advent of MB Interim Leaders in 2011, the firm has met both the permanent and interim needs of its clients. The firm has served a range of domestic and global mobility clients, including First American Financial Corp., MNX Global Logistics, AAA, Panasonic Corp., United Pacific Industries, Hyundai Capital America, Denso, Mitsubishi Motors, Delta Electronics and SAIC Motor.
Odgers Berndtson has been chosen to find a chief executive officer to develop and lead an organization that will deliver the newly established Earthshot Prizes. Launched globally from the U.K. by Prince William, the £50 million award program will celebrate those who are addressing the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
“The Earthshot Prize is the most ambitious and prestigious environmental prize in history,” said Odgers Berndtson. “It will convene the global community during this most decisive of decades and will inspire action to help repair the planet. Centered around five ‘Earthshots’—clear, ambitious organizing goals for 2030—the prize will generate and celebrate innovative thinking, technology, leadership and solutions to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.”
Ms. Waterbury serves as a managing director at McDermott + Bull in the firm’s New York office, where she leads East Coast business development, with a practice focused on family offices, including private equity, family foundations and the non-profit sector. She has become a trusted advisor to senior executives and trustees on hiring leaders and developing corporate culture. This is highlighted through her partnerships with multiple organizations, including Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, United Way of NYC, Make A Wish Metro and Western New York.
Ms. Cox works closely with the managing directors to source executive talent for clients. She has a background in information technology, workforce solutions and retail management.
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