Welcome from
Tim Richmond OBE - Chair of the Board 


Dear Candidate,

Thank for your interest in the position of Chief Executive Officer at Futures. As the Chair of the Group structure, I am an ardent exponent of the company’s mission and am looking forward to welcoming a new CEO who will equally espouse the strong sense of values that we hold, whilst combining this with exciting and innovative plans for our further growth.

Futures has a long history – over twenty years have passed since we first spun out of Nottinghamshire County Council – and our endurance has been founded on a combination of quality and enterprise. We place impact on individuals’ lives and the strengthening of local economies at the forefront of our activity, which was recognised in our ground-breaking Ofsted rating of Outstanding in 2017.

The company is in a strong financial position, with very healthy levels of reserves, ownership of premises and medium-term contracts secured. We enjoy strong support from our owners; Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council; and provide a broad range of support for both areas across the advice, education, employment and skills agendas.

Over the next few years we wish to grow further to establish an even greater impact on more people’s lives and to work with a broader range of partners to achieve this. To achieve this exciting vision, we are looking for a creative and skilled leader who combines strong values aligned to our mission with entrepreneurial flair.

I look forward to meeting you to explore this opportunity further.

Tim Richmond OBE

Chair of the Board
The Futures Group


Farewell from John Yarham – current CEO

I leave Futures after six great years with very mixed feelings – excited at my new role but very sad to be leaving such an impactful organisation with so many good colleagues.

The organisation is in a very strong position to grow and develop further, with a strong leadership team, financial base and track record of success in place. The diversification that has been led over recent years offers many significant opportunities in the future and I look forward to watching the future success of an organisation that I will always hold very dear to my heart.

 John Yarham

The Futures Group

Tim Richmond Chair of the Board – The Futures Group

ABOUT The Futures Group

The Futures Group are an East Midlands based organisation, destined to deliver a high-quality portfolio of services to its clients and stakeholders, across an ever-increasing locality as far reaching as the South East and as local as Nottingham City Centre.

The Group have most recently gone through a rebrand and restructure to ensure their delivery is fit for purpose and forward thinking for the benefit to its clients, stakeholders and its people.  With this the alignment of client’s services has been altered to ensure an end to end service is offered all those that engage with the organisation, no matter where they start their journey.  This realignment bought about the generation of ‘Futures for You’ and ‘Futures for Business’, two sectors who work cohesively with clients and stakeholders to deliver a service for the future.

Support services offered across the organisation include;

  • National Careers Service
  • Apprenticeships
  • Professional development initiatives
  • Work experience
  • Skills training

The Futures Group exists to make a positive difference to people’s lives by enabling them to realise their full potential in employment, education and training through increased confidence, awareness and skills. This builds on the organisations strong and established history of twenty years as a social enterprise. The name ‘Futures’ represents both the prospects of the beneficiaries that they support and the nature of the activity that they deliver, with their approaches leading change in the skills and education sector. 

'Futures’ values have been shaped as guiding principles for their people and align to the organisations mission and vision. These are critical to the success of the business and outline the approach that they will take with beneficiaries, clients, funders, partners and colleagues. They represent the organisation that they are currently but also the organisation that they aspire to be and thrive to become:  ‘To have passion, to do the right thing and make a difference’.

It is an exciting time to join this forward-thinking organisation and become a part of their ambitious, yet achievable journey to become the success they deserve to be.

For more information, please view the following links and attached documents:

The Futures Group Website
Business Plan 2018/2019
Futures Group Corporate Strategy 2018/2021
Leadership Team
Company Structure
Governance Structure

about the role

Role:                                         Chief Executive Officer 
Remuneration:                     Competitive, plus pension and healthcare schemes
Annual Leave:                       28 days, plus bank holidays

The Futures Group exists to make a positive difference to people’s lives by enabling them to realise their full potential in employment, education and training through increased confidence, awareness and skills. The organisation as a whole has been established for twenty years and holds a key role in its sector, as a social enterprise. The name - ‘Futures’ - represents both the prospects of the beneficiaries that they support and the nature of the activity that they deliver across a broad spectrum of clients, locations and stakeholders.

Acting as an ambassador for the organisation, the Chief Executive Officer will engage and influence stakeholders at all levels, across Local Authorities and Central Government and will represent The Futures Group to a wide network of contacts within the sector. In addition, the Chief Executive Officer will provide focused and inspiring leadership to the Executive and wider team of committed, knowledgeable and passionate staff across the organisation to enable them to achieve their objectives and drive the business forward in sustaining current contracts and relationships and building new ones for the future.

This is an excellent time to join the organisation as we work towards our new strategic direction, developing our services and contracts to extend our reach across the sector, whilst maintaining our position as an ‘outstanding’ source of skills, education, training and career advice across the East Midlands and East of England.

The organisation works closely with both Nottingham City and Nottingham County Councils, as primary stakeholders and these relationships are key to the success of the future strategy and supporting the Councils in delivering their key strategic plans.

As the spearhead of the executive team and a Board member, you will need to be a proven leader with the ability to see things differently in the ever-changing sector of education, training and skills.  You will need to have the confidence to communicate, negotiate and influence stakeholders at a high level, as well as deliver innovative ideas, drive change and recognise commercials opportunities across the sector working with your team to bring these to fruition.

All in all, we are keen in hearing from people who are proven great leaders - those who are strategic, inspirational, empowering and resilient. If you are as excited about developing the education, training and skills sectors as much as we are, and meet the requirements of the position, then we would encourage you to apply and would be delighted to receive your application.

 If you would like to arrange a confidential conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Szulczewski on 07841 017043 or at sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk

or alternatively Drew Richardson-Walsh on 07739 364033 or at drew@peridotpartners.co.uk  

Closing date for formal applications:  9.00am on Thursday 14th February 2019



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