Statement from Bill Ronald, Chairman of The Challenge Network

The Board of The Challenge Network has today (November 27) appointed Philip Sykes of RSM as Administrator to the organisation.

“The appointment of an Administrator follows over five months of discussions with NCS Trust and DCMS throughout which The Challenge and its team have sought to resolve certain significant issues created by NCST that were having a materially negative impact upon The Challenge’s ability to deliver NCS provision to young people across the UK.

The decision to appoint an Administrator was not taken lightly, but after every possible avenue had been exhausted. We made this difficult decision with great sadness and considerable anger at the manner in which The Challenge has been forced into it.

It has been a testing time for everyone at The Challenge. I would like to confirm how extremely grateful I am to each and every member of the team who has worked tirelessly to bring about our vision: an integrated society where there is an understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences.

Those charged with oversight of NCS provision have failed many hundreds of dedicated colleagues and jeopardised many thousands of opportunities for young people. It is nothing short of a national scandal.”