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The Future Foundations Annual Celebration and Awards 2015/16


On Thursday 18th February Future Foundations’ alumni, staff, students, partners and funders came together at Stratford Circus for our third annual Celebration and Awards. The event, which was held at Stratford Circus in London was an incredible opportunity for us to unite the people that enable Future Foundation’s vision for society to come to life.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended this year’s event to recognise and celebrate our collective achievements and contribution during 2015. We are especially grateful to the undisputed stars of the show, the succession of inspirational young people who took to the stage to share their Future Foundations journey with us all. It was with great pride and admiration that we watched participants of our many school programmes, Global Social Leaders, McKinsey Leadership Academy and National Citizen Service step up to the mic and demonstrate Future Foundations principles in action.

Congratulations to every Award winner, nominee and audience member for being part of a truly special night and for making 2015 a year to remember. We look forward to the successes this year will bring and to enjoying the journey with you all!


Please click on the plus signs to read about the awards and nominations in more detail.

Staff Member of the Year

Staff member of the year

Future Foundations recognises the important contribution our incredible members of staff make on FF programmes. This award goes to the member of staff who lives the FF principles and has shown commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year.

Our shortlisted nominations were as follows:

  • Fran Davenport National Citizen Service
  • Andy Dunn Global Social Leaders
  • Sarah Militello Chrysalis Summer School
  • Oliver Williams Global Social Leaders

Partner Special Recognition

Partner of the Year Award

Future Foundations could not deliver the scale and scope of our programmes without the incredible partners we work with. We believe in the importance of collaboration and playing to organisation strengths, and through this collaboration we can create a more sustainable society.

This award recognises the partner organisations that have helped Future Foundations to make a significant impact on young people’s lives, worked closely in partnership on one or more programmes and have shared our passion for helping every young person achieve their full potential.

UK Social Leader of the Year Award

UK Social Leader of the Year

This award goes has been created to recognise our alumni who have continued their social action since graduating from a Future Foundations programme.

The nominees were judged against 3 criteria:

  • Their impact on the community and others
  • Their learning/knowledge and skills gained
  • Special recognition: Creating a sustainable project and involving other people and organisations

GSL Impact Award

Global Social Leader Impact Award

Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership Institute are committed to supporting and celebrating young people who are working on innovative social action projects across the globe. We invited graduates of the 2015 Global Social Leaders programme to apply for the Global Social Leaders Impact Awards.

They were judged on:

  1. Their measurable impact to date on the community
  2. Their personal growth: learning/knowledge and skills gained so far
  3. Creating a sustainable project
  4. Involving other people and/organisations

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

This award goes to one of our volunteers whose actions completely embody the values of Future Foundations and has contributed their time tirelessly to help us achieve our mission.

All of the nominees have contributed to the team effort, and their commitment and hard work on the programmes has been invaluable

Our shortlisted nominations are as follows:

  • Helen Knox, McKinsey Leadership Academy
  • Edward Caffyn Parsons, Global Social Leaders
  • Philip Hutchinson, McKinsey Leadership Academy

Special Recognition Award

This award will recognise a person who has contributed above and beyond what is expected to living the FF Principles over a sustained period of time and over a range of different projects.

Student of the Year

Student of the Student of the year

Future Foundations get to work with some amazing individuals throughout the year, and this award is to recognise just one person who has stood out for their achievements.  The student of the year is someone who has lived the FF Principles and made a tangible difference to themselves and others.

All of the nominees have proven themselves to be dedicated, motivated and inspiring people who are great ambassadors for others

Our shortlisted nominations were as follows:

  • Natalie Vernon – National Citizen Service
  • Aimee Wilkinson – Global Social Leaders
  • Desree Adeola – Chrysalis Summer School
  • Elizabeth Huang – McKinsey Leadership Academy
  • Jack Bonnington – National Citizen Service


Staff Member of the Year – Andy Dunn

“He is one of the most dedicated and hardworking coaches and course directors I have had the pleasure of working with. He is incredibly conscientious and always thinks of the bigger aims of the programme. He is able to draw the very best out of those around him and is also striving to develop his own skills and knowledge of leadership and social action. In 2015 he worked on more than 6 FF programmes in roles from a coach to a course director.”


Partner Special Recognition- Luton Sixth Form College

The award goes to one of our newest and brightest partners, an organisation which approached us in 2015 to create an unforgettable experience to challenge and inspire their high achieving Sixth Formers and help them to lead their own success. Their teacher’s relentless drive, enthusiasm and commitment to this programme was infectious and enabled us to make this one of the most successful training events of last year. All this despite an incredibly short turn around and a heavy dose of emergency pizza. We look forward to a very Bright Future with our winning partner!

UK Social Leader of the Year Award- Aadil Khan and Sahil Handa

Our winner this year is not just one person, but an incredible dynamic duo!

Aadil Khan from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Sahil Handa from Queen Elizabeth’s School were unanimously selected for this award. They had both attended the McKinsey Leadership Academy and had initiated a The Youth Action project. Their project has had so much reach and impact since they participated in our programme, involving other people and partners, stayed true to their project principles, which has been carried out completely by young people and has created a sustainable legacy.

Their project is truly inspiring and now operating internationally!


GSL Impact Award- Yuchen Xu, Keyi Guo and Haipei Chen

Our winner is a team of our GSL alumni from our partner school in China, High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. This means they were unable to join us for the Awards Ceremony.

They developed a public platform about Chinese characters and culture on WeChat to draw attention to the beautiful characters and the colourful culture China possesses.

They decided to launch the platform as they felt attention and understanding of Chinese characters and culture has been declining in contemporary Chinese society.

Volunteer of the Year- Philip Hutchinson

Philip who attended Nunthorpe school, participated in the McKinsey Leadership Academy in 2013 and then volunteered in 2015, helping our facilitators make the programme a success

“He was the first to volunteer himself when a task needed completing and the last person to leave at the end of the day. He always did everything with a smile. He has a real affiliative leadership style and it was a delight to work with him.”

Since the programme Phillip has also volunteered to represent Future Foundations at the Conservative Conference fringe event organised by Generation Change.


Student of the Year- Aimee Wilkinson

Aimee Wilkinson from Kendrick School in Reading attended Global Social Leaders in as a DfE Character Award bursary winner in August 2015. She was an extremely engaged and active participant on the GSL 2015 programme. Her confidence and self-belief developed enormously and she has gone on to put this into action by representing herself, her school, FF and GSL at assemblies and events following the summer. She has shown she will step out of her comfort zone to share her GSL story and her passion and enthusiasm for the programme is infectious. She is a wonderful ambassador and epitomizes the aims of GSL to develop socially active young leaders who are able to lead themselves and those around them.



Future Foundations – the story so far…

Future Foundations was founded in 2004 with a mission to support young people to aim high and reach their full potential.  The last ten years has seen the organisation grow its team, network of facilitators and our impact on our young people and society. We started with a focus on how to support graduates into the world of work, and soon realised that we could have a greater impact if we worked with young people at an earlier age.

Our first major project was winning a bid to design and deliver Vodafone’s Take A Chance programme.  Highlights over the past 10 years have been running our flagship summer schools in partnership with leading independent schools, being selected by NESTA to create a new model of work related learning, running the Labour government’s Leadership residential for young people from 10 parts of England, delivering NCS in 9 cities, and launching our first global project in 2013.

We could not have done all of this without the passion and determination of our people, who are what set apart Future Foundations.  Every member of staff believes in the power of people, and in the importance of creating a safe space to explore who you are and where you want to go.  Together we have created transformational leadership opportunities for 1000’s of young people.  Since then, as an organisation, we have been on as big a journey as the young people on our programmes.

This will be our third Annual Celebration and Awards recgonising our collective achievements and contribution during 2015.  Click here to read out Top 10 Achievements of 2015!

What’s your Future Foundations story?

Have you been on programme with us as a staff member, student or client? Have you had a memorable experience that you would like to share? We would still love to hear from you! Please click on the button to tell us your FF story.


It was the most amazing experience and I can't believe how much I have learnt about myself. My self-belief that I can achieve something great has definitely increased because I now know how to go about improving myself.

Brittame Srivas, McKinsey Leadership Academy 2012

One of the most important messages I took away from the experience was that where you come from cannot determine where you are headed.

Harshadha, Participant in Westminster Summer School

Thank you GSL for giving me unforgettable experience and the greatest friends around the world.

Supawit Chochchowwat, Mahidol Wittayanusorn School, Thailand