He will be responsible for the delivery of all Prince’s Trust programmes in the south, which has supported more than 11,000 unemployed young people this year.
Finch said: ‘I am thrilled to be joining The Prince’s Trust, as this is a cause that has always been close to my heart. Too many young people across the UK are facing long-term unemployment and I am passionate about working with employers and local authorities to help them back into work.’
Finch started his career as a Treasury official, and has also worked in the British Embassy in Washington DC as an economic attaché.
He then launched and ran Centre for Cities, where he worked closely with cities such as Bristol, Brighton, Hastings and Swindon as well as several London boroughs, helping them boost their economic performance.
Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: ‘Dermot will bring a wealth of experience to The trust, helping us transform young lives across the south of England. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.’
Fishburn Hedges CEO Fiona Thorne said that the agency will be recruiting for a number of roles after it reviews its public affairs proposition.