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Asi Panditharatna

Asi is currently the Divisional Director for Employment Services at the Forward Trust and has spent the majority of his career working in operational, business development and leadership roles in employability, vocational training, apprenticeships, regeneration and economic development. Asi spent ten years working at Catch22 and took them to their first ever Ofsted Grade Good for apprenticeships and vocational training. Asi is a school governor and was a member of  the Mayor of London’s (Sadiq Khan) inaugural Skills for Londoner’s Task Force. Asi’s family is Sri Lankan in origin and continues to support children’s, young people’s and reconciliation charities in the country.

Charlie Green (Chair)

Charlie is Chairman of ThinkForward and was one of the founders and a trustee of the Private Equity Foundation and Impetus after its merger with the Private Equity Foundation. Charlie was involved in the creation of ThinkForward in 2011 and was heavily involved with structuring its first social impact bond in 2012. He is a founder and director of 24Haymarket and is currently a non-executive director of several of its portfolio companies. He was previously a partner at Candover, a private equity firm, and prior to that a director of Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank.

Dan Easterbrook

Dan Easterbrook is a young trustee. Dan is from Dorset and works for the civil service. He was inspired to join the board due to his own experiences as a person with Cerebral Palsy Hemiplegia. As a university student, Dan was responsible for overhauling the governance of the Exeter Students’ Guild and is a firm believer in stakeholder engagement. He also set up a digital community for Cerebral Palsy Hemiplegia which supports 400 people to tackle and share solutions to the barriers, challenges, and problems they face. Coaching and mentorship have supported Dan to overcome obstacles he has faced as a disabled person.

Jill Baker

Jill is the Executive Headteacher at Eastbrook School in Dagenham, east London. Previously, she was Principal and Executive Principal of George Green’s School in Tower Hamlets, a role she held for seven years before becoming a consultant. Jill has extensive experience as a secondary school teacher and leader, including 11 years as a Deputy Head, and five years as an English Consultant and English Inspector Secondary at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Kathryn Jack

Kathryn currently works as an Engagement Manager at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Kathryn is a ‘first generation’ university student and is now on her third apprenticeship since leaving school ten years ago – to qualify as a chartered manager in 2021/22. She is a passionate advocate for young people finding their voice. Kathryn has a lived experience of a more blended pathway into the labour market. She is also an experienced mentor on various SEND projects and is enthusiastic about encouraging socio-economic growth.

Keith MacDonald

Keith MacDonald is a partner with EY, where he looks after the work they do in the Wealth Management sector, including chairing an industry Philanthropy Forum. He has supported EY Foundation since its set up, is a member of NPC’s Development Committee, and is a member of Hope & Home for Children’s Public Sector Advisory Committee.

Robert Craig

As COO of the Skills Builder Partnership, Robert firmly believes in the potential of skills development to deliver social outcomes. Benefiting from accounting and law qualifications, he is an experienced FRAC chair. Robert also brings experience of having developed and managed Social Impact Bonds, with a background in strategy consulting and impact investment.

Sally Cartwright

Sally Cartwright is a young trustee and a former Nottingham student from our programme. She went to Ellis Guilford School where she worked with coach Daljit.  Sally joined ThinkForward in 2016 and instantly embraced the benefits of the coaching relationship and the opportunities the programme provided. Sally works as a care assistant in a residential home. In the summer of 2020 she was one of our Coronavirus Community Heroes, in recognition of her incredible resilience and frontline work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her ambition is to work in the NHS. Sally wants to help ThinkForward grow and be accessible to more young people.

Vanessa Morphet

Vanessa is the Head of Social Impact Investment within the Mission and Public Affairs unit at the Church of England. She studied at Wadham College Oxford, and went on to work in the financial services sector at Goldman Sachs, Arma Partners and Wellington Management. Vanessa then worked with venture philanthropy organisation, Impetus, before joining the UK Government’s Inclusive Economy Unit. Vanessa is Chair of ThinkForward’s Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.

Matthew Tate

Matthew Tate has been the Headteacher at Hartsdown Academy in Margate, Kent, since 2016. Hartsdown is a mixed non selective school of 700 students where every child is known. It is an IB World School offering the IB Careers Programme in sixth form. The school is renowned for arts and works extensively with the Turner Gallery and other artists to offer a challenging and rich curriculum to all its students. Before joining Hartsdown, Matthew was the founding Headteacher of Trinity School in Sevenoaks, opening the school in 2013. The school achieved a Good rating from Ofsted within five terms of opening and in 2015 was the seventh most popular school in Kent. Matthew has a track record of school improvement, working in the senior leadership teams of several schools in challenging circumstances. He believes that an excellent education is a matter of justice and that working as a group of schools will ensure that all children, whatever their circumstances, can achieve.