The LEGO Foundation appoints new Chief Impact Officer

The LEGO Foundation has appointed Sarah Bouchie as its new Chief Impact Officer.

Bouchie is currently Head of Global Programmes at the LEGO Foundation. From January 1, however, she’ll be the organisation’s new CIO, overseeing initiatives to reach children through play.

“I’m delighted that Sarah Bouchie will be stepping into this new senior leadership role to further our social impact of inspiring and equipping the world to embrace learning through play,” said the Foundation’s CEO John Goodwin. “The LEGO Foundation is continuing to increase our activities, grants and partnerships to reach children around the world, and we aim to ensure that our efforts make significant and lasting change in their lives and support them to develop the holistic skills they need to thrive.”

Bouchie has an extensive and impressive CV. She’s held senior roles at ChildFund International, CARE USA, Save the Children and the Aga Khan Foundation, managing partnerships and programmes focusing on early childhood development.

“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead a fantastic and dedicated organisation in our endeavours to ensure that children grow and learn through play,” Bouchie said. “This is a critical mission, which has been further accelerated during the pandemic, and reinforces our efforts to reimagine the way in which our children learn and develop the skills they need to navigate an increasingly complex world. I’m excited to continue the important work that lies ahead and further our efforts with partners who are eager to lift up a generation of leaders.”

Earlier this month, Goodwin addressed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable children. The LEGO Foundation is also offering a free course to support parents and teachers in the current climate.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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