Jon is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Future Foundations.
Jonathan is a graduate entrepreneur, he founded Kreation Limited to help university students get the most out of their time at university and quickly secured prestigious clients which included a government agency and an NGO.
One of those clients was SIFE (now rebranded as Enactus) who asked him to manage the programme full time. Between 2003 and 2007, Jonathan grew the SIFE programme from 5 to 25 UK universities. SIFE provides university students with the opportunity to participate in real world community projects which develop their enterprise mindset and capabilities. They develop projects, under the guidance of university staff and local business advisers which create economic opportunity for others.
Jonathan has also been responsible for designing and delivering accredited training for a National Charity on how to set up and run a social enterprise, has trained university students in how to set up a social enterprise, mentored students through the process of securing funding for their ideas and judged the University of Birmingham social enterprise business plan competition.
He completed a part time MSC in Charity Marketing and Fundraising, with Distinction at Cass Business School.
With Future Foundations, Jonathan has been the Programme Director for a wide range of youth programmes including:
– Excelerator Programme
– Global Social Leaders
– Legacy Careers Project
– National Citizen Service Leaders (2012 and 2013)
– Education Endowment Fund Transition Summer School pilot
– National Citizen Service – delivered in 9 cities across the UK
– The Youth of Today Summer Residential – former government’s leadership residential.
– McKinsey Leadership Academy
– NESTA Third Sector Edge Programme
– Vodafone Take A Chance Programme
– Highgate Yr 10 & 12 Summer School
– City University sponsored Summer Programme
JONCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Pete joined Future Foundations in 2009 and oversees the systems, processes and finances of the organisation. In his role as Director, he supports the staff team with strategic, operational and financial management.
Pete is passionate about enabling people to be the best they can be and achieve their full potential. He has worked with young people throughout his life, from his early teens as a volunteer at his local youth club, to being a long standing part of the Senior Management Team at King’s College London Students’ Union, to his former role as Chief Operating Officer at Future Foundations.
Pete is now the Chief Executive Officer of our sister company Future Solutions, which supports organisations to achieve their full potential.
Michelle started her FF journey back in 2008 when she was at the University of Reading where she was leading the Enactus team. Working with FF on “Third Sector Edge”, Michelle mentored a team of sixth form students from Reading Girls School to successfully complete a project with social impact. In fact, one of those sixth formers is now a Coach on FF Programmes! Michelle has a great belief in education in its many forms, having been the Principal of an EFL School, a teacher, a coach and a mentor. She was rather excited to join FF in 2016 and become part of our amazing programmes aiming to create the leaders of the future.
Michelle is a key member of the Global Social Leader Team, for more information www.globalsocialleaders.com
Jess joined Future Foundations in September 2021. Jess brings a wide range of experience of working in the charity and education sectors in the UK and East Africa including setting up new schools, managing schools and running capacity building programmes for school staff and government education officials.
Jess is passionate about the potential of young people to make the world a better place, and about the impact that learning to be a leader within their own lives and within wider society can have on helping young people grow and succeed in life. This is something she experienced first-hand when she was given the opportunity to participate in setting up a youth council in her town as a teenager which led to many opportunities including being elected as a trustee of the British Youth Council and appointed as an Executive Board member of the National Youth Agency when she was 18. Outside FF Jess is currently a trustee of the EA Foundation and a governor of Wimbledon Park Primary Federation. Jess is excited to be leading Future Foundation’s programmes which support the development of young people in a range of different ways, enabling them to reach their potential.
Matilda joined Future Foundations in July 2022.
Matilda has a wide range of experience working across the youth, education and charity sectors. She has been instrumental in designing and developing creative engagement programmes with formal and non-formal education contexts, and bringing these to scale across the UK.
Matilda believes passionately in the power of youth voice and in the great potential of the next generation of thinkers. Providing opportunities for young people to develop their voices and offering platforms for them to confidently express their opinions and be agents of change is at the heart of her work – from setting up a new theatre in education company focused on improving wellbeing, to delivering national programmes using the arts and creativity to empower school students, and her voluntary role as a school governor with Mission Grove Primary School in Walthamstow. She is delighted to now be putting this into practice as Head of Programme for the wonderful Dirt is Good project.
MATILDAASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (PARTNER PROGRAMMES)
Louisa joined Future Foundations in January 2022 as a Programme Coordinator for the AWS GetIT programme, which is partnered with Amazon Web Services. Prior to joining Future Foundations, Louisa studied International Relations at the University of Exeter. After volunteering with children in her local community and in Zambia she realised her passion for giving children greater access to opportunities through broadening their education. She has developed her develop her skills at Future Foundations to become a Programme Manager and hopes to continue this to one day be an advocate for education on the global stage.
In her free time Louisa loves to travel, play sport and cook!
Charis joined Future Foundations in March 2023 as the programme coordinator for the AWS Get It programme.
Prior to joining FF, Charis worked as a primary school teacher. She has always been passionate about all children freely accessing education and being given equal opportunities to thrive in life.
Her interests include sports, baking and travelling.
Drishya has previously worked in India’s education and development sector. She has designed and developed programmes on teacher pedagogy and motivation, socio-emotional wellbeing and lifelong learning. She’s worked with a wide range of stakeholders including students, teachers, school leaders and government education officials. She has also previously worked as a Teach For India Fellow in Mumbai and holds a Master’s in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex.
She believes that it is curious, critical thinking, action-oriented young people and children who will create resilient and sustainable communities. Through GSL, she feels that young people will get the opportunity, exposure and tools to gain these skills and mindsets.
At work, she is interested in processes that facilitate design thinking, co-creation and contextualization. Outside of work, she enjoys doodling, reading fantasy fiction books, listening to podcasts, cooking Indian food and eating masala dosas!
Drishya RaoPROGRAMME MANAGER
Indy is a Programme Manager for Global Social Leaders at Future Foundations. Her role focuses on designing courses and content which is tailored to the young people that we support throughout the year.
Indy studied Politics & International Relations at Warwick University and is currently undertaking an MA in Gender at Bristol University. She has a background in Social Innovation and Community Development via her role as Schools Programme Manager and has spent the last 6 years working in the youth sector and leading youth programmes across the UK. Indy is passionate about co-designing spaces and opportunities for young people which are led by them, in order to ensure that their voices are at the heart of everything.