Our non-executive board set our overall strategic direction and contribute expert skills and knowledge to Youth Futures Foundation.
Our Founding Chair is Joe Montgomery. Joe has extensive experience in the public and community sectors, with a focus on ensuring services benefit the most disadvantaged people.
We are in the process of appointing three more board members.
James is leading the creation of Youth Futures Foundation’s governance, operational systems and policies required to take on the £90m of dormant assets funds we have been awarded and to become a fully operational organisation. As Interim COO, James was one of the initial team working with our Chair, Joe Montgomery, creating the organisation and is now responsible for Finance, IT, Legal, HR and Comms functions. James has a background in company and business unit start-ups, building on his general management and finance experience in Unilever.
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Youth Futures Foundation is starting to build a panel of evaluators with the relevant skills and experience to conduct high quality evaluations of youth employment initiatives funded through our Impact grants. This is an opportunity to play a founding role in this collaborative endeavour to generate robust findings that can be used to improve outcomes for disadvantaged young people.
We are beginning the Expression of Interest stage now, as we expect to require evaluators to start working with projects in summer 2020. However, at this stage we will only select a small number of teams, given that some of our funding activities are likely to be delayed by the Covid 19 pandemic. We anticipate there will be further opportunities to join the panel in the future.
Youth Futures welcome the latest UK data on youth employment released by ONS today, which show a continued rise in the number of young people who are in education, training or work.
‘A few weeks into my new job and I am working with our committed team to refine our strategy and pave the way for the Youth Futures grants programme to open in the first quarter of 2020.’ New CEO, Anna Smee, outlines way forward for Youth Futures Foundation.