Making Memories… Giving Hope

Meet our new Chief Executive!


Robert Gofton joined CHICKS as our new Chief Executive on 19th September, as Elanor Hoskin left after five years in the role to spend more time with her young family.

Robert was previously working as the CEO of Exeter and Falmouth Student’s Union, and has extensive experience of working within the public and private sector. He started his career as a professional cricketer, playing at both Leicestershire and Worcestershire County Cricket Clubs before later moving into marketing.

We’re really excited to have Robert on board, and caught up with him to find out more!

What is your favourite childhood memory?

I used to spend hours playing cricket with my dad all the time in the garden, he would just throw a ball to me for hours! One time I even broke the fence and I don’t think the neighbours were too happy! Where we lived there was a row of garages with a strip of grass in front and all of the kids used to play football and cricket there, using the garages as goal posts or wickets.

That’s how I got into cricket initially, by playing with my dad, and then I got more into it at school.

Why did you want to work at CHICKS?

Throughout my career I’ve been involved with young people, from coaching cricket to children to working in education. I remember coaching in South Africa, in Soweto, and teaching children who had nothing but the clothes they were wearing. One child used to come to play cricket in trainers that were about six sizes too big for him, and when I left South Africa I gave him all my cricket equipment. The look on his face was amazing, like he’d won the lottery!

I’ve spent quite a long time working in higher education, so with an older age group than CHICKS supports, but I really enjoyed supporting and mentoring young people, so it’s great to still be working in an environment where that is so important.

What are you most excited about?

I’m looking forward to helping unlock the potential of the charity, seeing the opportunity to grow and making it a reality. It’s an exciting time with the new third retreat beginning to get up-and-running.

What would you like to say to our supporters?

Thank you! Without you, we wouldn’t exist and so you are all fundamental to the success of the charity. As we are looking to grow, we need even more support and I hope you can act as ambassadors, helping us to spread the word about what we do.

And finally, some quick-fire questions…

Ice cream or ice lolly? Ice lolly

Coast or countryside? Coast

Jam or cream first? I worked in Cornwall for years, so I have to say jam first.  

Surfing or bodyboarding? Surfing, I started about two years ago and have now got the whole family into it. I used to do a lot of bodyboarding though!

Marshmallows or hot chocolate around the campfire? Marshmallows

Horse riding or rock climbing? I’m not fond of either horses or heights so both would be a challenge. I’d have to say rock climbing!


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