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Geoff Thompson profile




Founder and Executive Chair
Youth Charter

Geoff Thompson has a 35 year track record in the social and human development of young people and communities through sport. As a former five times world karate champion, sports administrator and politician, he has realised a unique range of skill sets that have seen him advise, develop and deliver social and human project programme initiatives with a specific emphasis on the balance between the corporate sponsorship investment and contribution and legacy benefits to young people and communities globally.

Geoff is also Founder and Executive Chair of the Manchester based Youth Charter (, a UK registered international charity and United Nations Non Governmental Organisation established in 1993. Geoff is also the Chair of Governors at the University of East London.



The Youth Charter is a UK based registered charity and United Nations Non Governmental Organisation with a proven track record in the creation and delivery of social and human legacy development programmes and projects globally. With our web based interactive educational and research tools for young people, communities and youth professionals, the Youth Charter aims to provide young people with an opportunity through sport, arts and cultural activity to develop in life.


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