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
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.
ALICE CPROJECTS & OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
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!
EMILYSENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, AWS
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
Head of Office Projects & Community Manager, Part Time.
I first started with FF in 2009 and quickly became fully immersed as a lead Coach & later as a Course Director on many of their programmes, as well as helping with all manor of office duties and content design, for around 5yrs.
My background is in holistic therapies, coaching, yoga & mindfulness, and I loved being able to bring this aspect into the programmes. Working with teenagers has been one of the highlights of my career, especially those who struggled to feel heard or figure out where they belong.
Outside of contracting with FF as a Coach & Course Director, I work privately as a Holistic Coach & Yoga/Meditation Teacher running classes, workshops and 121 sessions.
Whilst creative & intuitive, I also have a super organised and logical side and this has always been kept occupied through various office roles, ranging from working in the HR Department of one of the largest newspapers in the country, to being ‘girl friday’ to small start ups.
Returning to FF in 2018, after some time traveling and becoming a mum, I’m now working part time in the office and loving being a part of the FF family once more.
OLIVIAOFFICE & COMMUNITY MANAGER
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.
JAKUBSENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, GSL
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 MSENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER, GSL
Currently Project Managing the AWS GET IT Programme, Jason has been a regular coach on programmes with FF since 2015.
Jason has created mindfulness programmes, courses, clubs and workshops for schools and well being centres in the UK, Norway and Beijing, he is a regular mindfulness teacher at Bhuti in Richmond. He created a mindfulness programme and after school club for The Queen’s School, Kew. Jason teaches mindfulness to children and adults, each person learns how to bring mindfulness into their daily lives through discussions, exercises meditations and creating a daily practice.
Jason has a BA Hons in Performing Studies, a Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness, and is a certified Life Purpose Coach. Jason has been a professional performer and theatre director for over 30 years, starting his early career in London’s West End and continuing with productions across the globe. Jason has the unique ability to engage with people who wish to gain and rediscover their own self-awareness.
In the past decade he has combined his experience in theatre with coaching and mentoring, both privately and with various organisations, amongst others Future Foundations. Jason is often invited to speak about the benefits of self-belief and self-doubt, he is also often asked to be part of discussions on podcasts about our life purpose.
JASONAWS PROJECT MANAGER
Alice joined the Future Foundations team following an eight year career in the gap year industry, organising, managing and promoting overseas volunteer and internship programmes for 18-24 year olds. Continually impressed by the breadth of skill, ambition and positive attitudes young people demonstrate when faced with complex challenges and the self-confidence that journey inspires, she holds a firm belief in the benefits of experiential learning! Having spent the best part of the last decade encouraging young people to travel and volunteer their time to social action projects in the developing world, Alice is now focused on the difference young people can make in their own lives and communities, ensuring every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Alice is a key member of the Global Social Leader Team, for more information www.globalsocialleaders.com
ALICE BSENIOR PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Simon has a wealth of experience gained in the employment industry. He has won several awards for his work with the long term unemployed, and has a passion for improving the lives of others. His previous role as NCS Recruiter for Ingeus saw him generate record numbers on programme in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire regions. Simon has project managed NCS since Autumn 2016 and since then has continuted to break records. He has doubled the number of NCS participants 2 years in a row!
NCS Future Foundations: www.futurefoundationsncs.co.uk
SIMONDELIVERY & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Amy has worked for NCS for a while now and worked with young people for several years! She love’s working on NCS because she gets to see how much young people can achieve when they work together in teams and create inspirational projects within the community. Her highlights of NCS range from seeing young people face their fears and challenge themselves in the adventure phase to watching young people speak in graduations alongside friends they wouldn’t have met if they hadn’t participated.