We are delighted to announce the addition of three new Directors to our Board. A huge welcome to Lauren Aird, Jess Evans and George Greaves.
We are committed to ensuring that our Board has the combination of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to support the effective delivery of our objectives. One important part of this is ensuring that youth voice plays a central role in our decision making, and so we reserve Board seats specifically for young Directors.
George joins us with a background in entrepreneurialism. He is dedicated to supporting personal development through mentoring. Having held a series of roles in education, training and skills development, he is now implementing strategies that are proven to create sustainable jobs and progress careers through mentoring-based networking, which has helped thousands access employment, apprenticeships, training and career opportunities.
Jess is an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, reading Psychology and Behavioural Sciences. She has worked with the National Citizen Service in various capacities since 2018 and is currently a member of their Youth Voice Forum, where she provides youth perspectives on company strategy and project design, most notably contributing to their employability service line and Kickstart packages.
Lauren joins the Board having worked alongside us for nearly 2 years in her role as a Future Voices Ambassador. She currently studying social sciences and will attend University in September to study Youth Work & Community Development. Lauren is keen to bring positive change for young people, such as raising awareness of pupil referral units and supporting young people who are living independently.
We look forward to working with our new Board members to achieve our 2022 priorities by:
- Maintaining, growing and communicating our What Works expertise and activities
- Addressing fragmentation in the system at a local level
- Understanding the evidence on employer practice and behaviour, and working with others to improve it