A young people's centre has appointed a chief executive.

Barnet Youth Zone, opening in 2019 by charity Unitas, has appointed Tony Lewis to be its chief executive.

Mr Lewis worked for Connexions as a personal adviser to young people and spent six years at the Barnet youth offending team to support young people to move away from offending onto more positive behaviours.

He will spend the first six months of his role working at a new youth zone in Wirral where he will act as deputy chief executive before returning to London to work on the fundraising campaign and recruitment for the Barnet youth zone.

He said: "I have a really clear vision that Unitas will transform the lives of children and young people within Barnet. For just 50p per session and £5 annual membership we’ll provide them with a safe and inspiring place to go within a world class facility, with up to 20 activities every day that empower and develop them.

"A dedicated youth-focussed workforce and volunteer base will work to organisational values laid down directly by our young people themselves."

Mr Lewis will have to high full and part time employees, as well as more than 100 volunteers.