It is with the utmost sense of sadness and grief that we share the news that Youth Focus North East's Chief Executive, Leon Mexter has passed away. Last Friday, Leon had an aortic dissection following a presentation to a Newcastle law firm. Surgeons battled for six hours to try and save his life, but sadly it was not to be.
Youth Focus: North East’s Board of Trustees and staff team are in shock at the loss of Leon, who has worked for the organisation for the last seventeen years. Over the years Leon's contribution has been immense, not only across the North East region, but also nationally and internationally. He has designed and delivered programmes of work and initiatives that broke new ground in youth development and stand as testimony to his unique ability to inspire and lead young people.
Leon has consistently supported the wider youth work field and VCSE sector, and been an advocate for development, change and training. His life has touched the lives of thousands of young people, workers and organisations; his memory will live long based on what he stood for, campaigned for and believed in. The world has lost a good man who will be sorely missed both personally and professionally by many in the sector.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues through this difficult time.