SWINDON SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE APPEALS FOR NEW DIRECTORS

Platform Project Appeals for New Directors
The Dorcan-based Platform Project is seeking new non-executive directors to join its board. They need more to help them to help more young people in Swindon, at risk of unemployment.

The community interest company (CIC) is seeking hands-on professionals and business owners. People with a passion for inspiring and empowering young people. 

Local leaders, business owners and professionals comprise the current board. They use their skills, experience and contacts to help manage the organisation’s rapid growth. And further to ensure the proper following of governance processes.

Great Expectations

The Platform Project will expect the new directors to be hands-on for about two-half days a month. It will be ideal if they come from an education, business or enterprise background.

Sadie Sharp, founder of The Platform Project, said: ‘We’re looking for two or three non-executive volunteer directors to join us. We want them to support our mission to reduce the number of young people who are not in the workplace.

‘Having been a management consultant before launching The Platform Project I’ve worked with a lot of boards and c-suite professionals. I’m privileged to say that ours is one of the most functional, supportive and friendly boards that I’ve ever worked with! Their help and input have been critical to our success.’

Platform Project Appeals for New Directors - James Phipps and sadie sharp
James Phipps and Sadie Sharp

Current Directors

Current directors include:

1. James Phipps, a philanthropic local entrepreneur and former chairman and CEO of Excalibur.
2. Jon Joyce, director of Metro Bank, Swindon
3. Andy Langley, CEO of tech firm Ntegra.
4. And last, but no means least, employment law solicitor, Cerys Ashley of Baker Ashley, South Wales. 

Each incumbent has a three-year tenure in a director’s role. Vacancies are now available due to expansion and following the resignation of former director Andrew Wells of Swindon Borough Council.

Chairman James Phipps said: ‘It’s great to be able to work with a non-profit that’s making such an incredible difference in the lives of local young people. The Board has a strong, commercially strategic mix of skills. It’s great to see how we’ve been able to influence and support the strategic direction of the project. And then to help to achieve its ambitious growth goals.’

The Platform Project

Now in its fifth year, the Swindon social enterprise bridges the gap between education and employment by preparing young people for work. The CIC works with a range of funders, schools and employers to support target groups of young people.

The organisation also has a strong commercial element. The team works with many different schools to diversify the school’s curriculum. They also work with employers to help them find work-ready, entry-level talent.

‘We’re getting there one step at a time. But we would love to hear from you if you think you can help us get there a little bit quicker.’

The team are particularly interested in those who can offer support around finance, marketing, strategy, education, and local authority commissioning. You must have commitment to developing a diverse board. Thus the project welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds.

If interested visit: https://www.platformproject.co.uk/workwithus
The closing date is 5pm on Friday 26th November 2021.