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
Noor is a trainer at heart with a passion for improving education for youth on a global scale.
She has over 10 years of experience in the education sector where she initially began her career as a teacher. Noor’s Masters in Education & Technology from IOE Univeristy College London helped her gain the knowledge to equip organisations with the skills to use technology effectively in education.
Coupled with her project management experience, Noor’s involvement at Future Foundations involves working on the organisations Business Development and marketing materials to inspire youth, as well as the community to take positive action and influence a change in the world around them.
Noor is a key member of the Global Social Leader Team, for more information www.globalsocialleaders.com
NOORHEAD OF OPERATIONS
Amy is a proactive person motivated by the desire to empower people to be able to develop the capacity and control over the direction of their lives. This lead to her studying for a Masters in Social Anthropology and the impact of different influences on how we construct meaning in our lives. Amy works to build the capacity of young people and communities here in the UK and overseas.
Amy is a key member of the Global Social Leader Team, for more information www.globalsocialleaders.com
AMY MHEAD OF GLOBAL SOCIAL LEADERS
Emily joined Future Foundations in August 2019 as a Senior Project Manager for the AWS GetIT programme, which is partnered with Amazon Web Services.
Designed to encourage more girls to consider a career in technology and break down gender stereotypes, this social initiative programme aims to inspire 100 UK schools and over 10,000 students. Year 8 pupils from the multiple schools all compete to design an app that addresses a real community issue.
Prior to this Emily worked for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) for eight years in a variety of roles, including managing the training function of their flagship youth programme International Citizen Service. While at VSO Emily worked in the UK, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania training staff and partners, raising awareness and supporting and inspiring young people to achieve their potential.
Before VSO, Emily had roles in the public sector working with children centres, the probation service, and a disability charity. Emily regularly volunteers and spent a year working with the charity Envision to support students to design, plan and implement a social action project in their school.
In her spare time, Emily is a keen walker and has trekked the Camino Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain. She also enjoys outdoor swimming at any time of the year and spends most weekends in the sea, in a lake or in a lido!
EMILYHEAD OF AWS GETIT, FUTURE FOUNDATIONS
Jakub has been with FF since 2012. During his time with FF he has worked as a Coach, Operations Manager and now Senior Programme Manager.
I was born and raised in Bydgoszcz, Poland. When I was at school I had a chance to take part in youth exchanges with other European countries and star in a few school plays. I continued my amateur acting in high school where I starred as James Bond in a remake of Goldfinger that we produced as a school project.
I moved to Liverpool, UK for an amazing personal development journey that started with a bachelors degree in International Business at the University of Liverpool. Most importantly I started getting involved in the community and found my passion for social action.
After university I’ve committed my life to serving others and the community. I am a leader of the Polish community in Liverpool where I run weekly events that help strengthen relationship, remove social isolation and provide a friendly place for newcomers to the city.
In the last two years I’ve been working with Asylum Seekers, Refugees, unemployed young people with complex needs, Global Social Leaders and many more. I also done some travelling on my own with amazing trips to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia and Morocco.
JAKUBGLOBAL OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
I started my journey with Future Foundations as a coach eight years ago. Using my performance background (I trained as an actor at Drama Centre London) I quickly realised that with the combination of this and FF’s brilliant programmes I could really contribute in helping young people to make real change in their lives.
Having thrown myself into the coaching role and gaining invaluable on programme experience I started to undertake the running of the programmes. National Citizen Service (NCS) for Berkshire was my first challenge, the success of which led to FF winning the chance to run NCS Leaders for the top 100 students in the country. My highlight was taking twenty students to 10 Downing Street to discuss youth provision in this country with the Prime Minister’s right hand men.
I then spent 2 years full time at FF headquarters in Clapham as a Senior Project Manager running all kinds of programmes from one day to residential, as well as being involved in marketing, website design and sales.
I am thrilled to be currently running the AWS Get IT programme in Partnership with Amazon Web Services, which is visionary year 8 programme to inspire young people, especially girls, to break down gender stereotypes and to get into IT.
LUCYSNR PROJECT & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Suzi joined Future Foundations in July 2020 following a twenty-year career in the events and experiential marketing sector. During this time, Suzi developed and oversaw delivery of a number of CSR programmes for brands that focused on developing and improving the lives of young people through sport for change, life skills programmes and environmental and sustainability initiatives.
She’s excited to be putting her skills to the test and empowering the next generation of socially conscious leaders!
SUZISENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Luke joined Future Foundations in January 2021 as a Senior Project Manager for the Persil ‘Dirt Is Good’ programme, which is partnered with Global Action Plan.
Designed to encourage young people aged 8 – 14 to explore their values and understand them better and to take care of their environment to help them to maintain compassionate values into their later life as well as showing care for the wider world around them.
Prior to this Luke worked for University of the First Age (UFA)on the National Citizen Service programme. Luke has strong routes as a community youth worker where he has always shown a passion for getting young people involved in making a positive change to the community around them.
In his spare time, Luke is an avid sports fan most importantly for his beloved Watford FC, Luke also volunteers twice a week for the 133rd London (Haringey) Boys’ Brigade with Girls Association Company in Tottenham.
LUKESENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Dami joined Future Foundations in January 2021 as a Project Manager for the AWS GetIT programme, which is partnered with Amazon Web Services. Prior to this Dami directed a programme for young women from underserved communities, amplifying their voices on women’s and girl’s issues through the power of media.
Dami is deeply passionate about women’s rights, social justice and equality. Her portfolio of projects includes managing a community of education innovators and supporting a inspirational start-up that delivered coding classes to children (many who were affected by the Grenfell tragedy). She also led a Covid response project tackling isolation and loneliness amongst London’s homeless during the pandemic.
In her spare time, Dami loves to swim and paint.
DAMIPROJECT MANAGER, AWS GETIT
Alice became a member of the Future Foundations family in August 2019. Prior to this, she was a History student at the University of Southampton. Upon graduating, Alice had little idea about what kind of career path she wanted to take, however she found FF (or FF found her!) when she was searching for new opportunities in the wide wide world of work.
FF struck her as an extremely positive and empowering company – and she wanted to be a part of it. Alice looks forward to learning new things, broadening her horizons and, perhaps most importantly, contributing to the creation of the leaders of the future.
As Office and Projects Administrator, Alice oversees the daily running of the office and offers support and assistance to FF’s projects and programmes. She is delighted to have joined the team, and cannot wait to find out what the future may bring.
Lexy joined Future Foundations in January 2021 as a Project Coordinator. She first heard of the company after she participated in one of our legacy programmes, The McKinsey Leadership Academy, in 2014. She was so inspired by the type of programmes that Future Foundations deliver that she came back 7 years later!
Having spent a couple of years after University deciding what was her important to her, she realised that working for a company where she believes in their mission was at the heart. Lexy spent her time in school and at university volunteering within different charitable organisations that focused on social development for adults and young people with learning difficulties. She also spent two months working on an education development programme in Fiji, which confirmed that working within the youth development sector was where she felt that she could make the most impact. It was then that the opportunity to work for Future Foundations appeared and, of course, she had to apply!
Lexy is really looking forward to working on a variety of projects that Future Foundations deliver and starting her journey with them to develop the leaders of the future.