11 April 2022

Future First expands talented team

We’ve got a big ambition to make sure no young person’s start in life limits their future. With the generous support of our partners and funders, we’ve invested in extending our team and expertise, bringing in new talent with a joint passion for social justice.

“We’re a small but growing charity determined to extend our reach and impact to more schools and pupils”, commented Lorraine Langham, CEO. “We’re working with more alumni and volunteers than ever before and have recently launched the Future First Hub, to support better engagement.

“I’m so pleased with the latest additions to the team, from former teachers to technical experts. I’m confident our latest recruits are going to make it easier than ever for young people to have meaningful encounters with relatable role models, in the classroom, in person, in employers’ offices and virtually”.

Meet the newest members of the Future First team:

Charlotte McGill, Alumni Programme Manager South

Having worked as an ESL teacher for several years, Charlotte also has a wide range of experience working across the private and third sector. It was during her international teaching and voluntary work that Charlotte saw first-hand how inequalities can affect children’s prospects – and the power of education to change that.

Dan Cere, Alumni Programme Manager North   

A keen advocate for social justice, equality and inclusion, Dan joins us after spending the last six years teaching in Manchester. Dan has a passion for supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has co-ordinated mentoring and intervention programmes to engage, motivate and improve the outcomes of boys and disadvantaged students. He’s excited to connect more children with the opportunities and experiences often reserved for the most privileged. 

Duncan Grant, Partnerships & Development Director

Duncan is set to join us in early May 2022. Working for Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity that operates through schools, he has seen first hand how important role models can be for children and young people, especially as they prepare for life after school. With a career in corporate partnerships, fundraising, marketing and advertising, Duncan will play a vital role in connecting our work with stakeholders who want to support young people.

Emma Partridge, Project Manager

With more funding being secured and more partnerships being made, Emma joins us with a whole host of experience in managing events and projects for charities. Having personally seen the difference positive role models have made in her life, she is passionate about supporting Future First in ensuring young people have access to these, and feel inspired and confident to achieve whatever they aspire to.


Jonika Kinchin, Social Media Manager

With almost a decade of experience working across digital marketing, social media, creative content and more, Jonika has an in-depth understanding of education marketing, and brings with her a determination to make the digital world a better and safer place for young people. She’ll be focussing on building awareness of everything Future First is and does, ensuring the Hub is full of useful and engaging content, working across our employer portfolio, and much more. 

 Katy Kilpatrick, Alumni Project Manager South

With four years of teaching experience under her belt, Katy also has a Masters in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education in Manchester, writing a dissertation on the inclusivity of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This further ignited Katy’s passion for inclusion and equality, which is what attracted her to join us at Future First. Katy’s career in education has shown her how important it is for young people to have guidance and good role models to help them become a well-rounded person who will continue to thrive.

Ric Pestano, Product Manager

Ric, the newest addition to the team, has 20 years experience as an agile project manager and Professional Scrum Master, primarily working for a digital agency specialising in solutions for the media rights industry across the globe. He’ll be focussing on developing the Future First Hub, making sure it’s meeting the needs of schools, stakeholders and volunteers, and we’re incredibly excited to have him on board. 

Zarida Zaman, Regional Programme Manager South 

One of the main reasons lots of teachers do what they do is because they find it immensely satisfying. That’s why Zarida made the move into education after starting her career in fashion design. After becoming a published author and teaching at London College of Fashion and Central St Martins, she moved into course management and spent several years delivering creative courses for international students. In 2020 she completed an MDes in Social Innovation and we’re incredibly lucky that she chose to join us as Regional Programme Manager in 2022.


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