A young Greater Manchester charity founder has been appointed, with the Queen’s agreement, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.
Saeed Atcha, 22, from Bolton, became the youngest recipient of an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to young people and the community in Greater Manchester.
The new appointment means he will be officially representing the Lord-Lieutenant and assisting him in his duties as The Queen’s representative at civic ceremonies and other functions around Greater Manchester.
Saeed Atcha MBE DL said: “I’m really excited to take up this new role.
“To be the youngest person ever to be appointed is something I need some time to get my head around!
“I can’t wait to get out and about across the county supporting charities and assisting the Lord-Lieutenant in his duties.”
Saeed is the Chief Executive of Xplode Magazine which helps young people in Greater Manchester through volunteering, jobs and skills training. He founded the charity aged 15 to promote a positive image of young people after the fallout from the 2011 riots. He spent much of his teen years in and out of care and risking exclusion from school.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren Smith said:
“As the Lord-Lieutenant of a young, exciting and diverse county, I’m keen for the Lieutenancy to be representative which is why I am very happy to welcome Saeed as a Deputy Lieutenant.
“This appointment also serves as recognition of Saeed’s dedication to public life supporting young people and the community in Greater Manchester.”
Due to their expertise and role within the community, Deputy Lieutenants are asked to provide support in areas including Honours Nominations, Assessments for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, suggesting names for Royal Garden Parties and representing the Sovereign at Citizenship Ceremonies.
The young Chief Executive will combine the role with his studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, his trusteeships at social action charities Young Manchester, Step Up to Serve and his role as Government Social Mobility Commissioner.