CEO recognised as Northern Gamechanger

HideOut Youth Zone CEO, Adam Farricker, is an official Northern Gamechanger 2022.

On Wednesday 14th September, it was announced that HideOut Youth Zone CEO, Adam Farricker, had been officially recognised as a ‘Northern Gamechanger 2022’.

Northern Gamechangers’ is a new business awards programme by Elevate GM aiming to celebrate the champions of purpose-driven business in Greater Manchester and using business as a force for good.

Winners of the Northern Gamechanger award are said to excel in areas including sustainability, decarbonisation, social mobility, diversity and inclusion or charitable partnerships.

Adam was among 40 finalists shortlisted back in July 2022 and is one of the ten announced winners at the awards evening.

Judges of the awards included The Manc Group Managing Director, Anna Gledson, Capital & Centric Co-founder, Tim Heatley, Founder of SA Consulting, Sharon Amesu, and Director of Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, Amer Gaffar.

Judges shared insight into why Adam was chosen as a winner:

  • “Adam clearly shows longevity and demonstrable success in supporting thousands of beneficiaries across multiple sites.”
  • “Adam has created something truly unique at HideOut Youth Zone, all of which embodies exactly what I feel represents a real Northern Gamechanger.”
  • “Through his 20-year commitment to the children and young people of Manchester, Adam has led the team at HideOut Youth Zone in changing the lives of those in Manchester now and securing that support for the young people well into the future. What a legacy he is creating!”

Speaking of his win, HideOut Youth Zone CEO, Adam Farricker said:

“Thank you so much for this Northern Gamechanger award. I am privileged to get to work in a job I love day in and day out with the support of a great team behind me.

“As a proud Mancunian and Northerner, I am extremely humbled to be recognised alongside so many other amazing individuals and businesses who are striving to make change in the North”.

Adam, former Head of Youth Strategy and Engagement at Manchester City Council, was appointed CEO of HideOut Youth Zone in January 2019. He has over 20 years of experience in leading and managing youth projects and has a keen interest in bringing communities together in support of young people.