Wanted: Programme Innovations Director

Future First is looking for a Programme Innovations Director to work in the North and Midlands, extending its reach and impact to more schools and pupils, especially those who are disadvantaged.

The recruitment strengthens its existing leadership team and comes hot on the heels of a new partnership with Northern Power Women announced last month.

GatenbySanderson is supporting the recruitment as part of their commitment to helping the charity to grow.

Future First CEO, Lorraine Langham said: “The impact of the global pandemic is wreaking havoc across education, with a third national lockdown and the cancellation of GCSE and A-levels bringing yet more uncertainty into the lives of young people. Our work has never been more necessary yet, at the same time, it has never been more difficult to engage with schools, compete for funds, or win support from hard-pressed businesses. We are looking for a Director to lead our work with schools, partners and businesses in the North and Midlands.

“Future First has around 400 school and college members and 266,000 alumni volunteers, who supported over 70,000 young people in state schools across the UK last year. We know that what we do every day really makes a difference to young people’s lives. By giving today’s pupils connections to past students, their alumni, we show young people a world of opportunities – work, training, further or higher education, or volunteering, and we give them the tools, knowledge and information they need to make good choices and find their pathway”.

Supporting this view, Nancy Scott, a Partner with Executive recruiter GatenbySanderson added, “Building tomorrow’s more diverse and representative workforce, including future leaders, has to start from the ground up. Young people need to be inspired and see people who look like them – and from similar backgrounds – who believe they really can do what they want, with the right support and encouragement, and by seizing opportunities that may not be obvious.  Future First’s work gives the kick start young people need”.

Future First is committed to social justice and the value of role models. We are therefore keen to build a workforce that reflects the young people and schools we support. We are always interested in hearing from candidates from diverse backgrounds. At this time, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, and those who attended state school and were in receipt of free school meals and/or were the first in their family to go to university. 

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