Meet the leadership team

John Yarham
Chief Executive

John joined Futures in May 2013, having previously been Director of Economic Development at Nottingham City Council. He has led the organisation to increase its level of impact on individuals and the economy, which was recognised in Futures becoming the first National Careers Service in the country to be judged as being Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2017. With over 20 years’ experience in the employment and skills sector, John is passionate about supporting young people and adults into employment and supporting social mobility. Having already grown the company by a third, John is committed to a values-led approach to growth that sees Futures developing new partnerships to enable its impact on individuals and employers to further increase.

John Yarham
Chief Executive

John joined Futures in May 2013, having previously been Director of Economic Development at Nottingham City Council. He has led the organisation to increase its level of impact on individuals and the economy, which was recognised in Futures becoming the first National Careers Service in the country to be judged as being Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2017. With over 20 years’ experience in the employment and skills sector, John is passionate about supporting young people and adults into employment and supporting social mobility. Having already grown the company by a third, John is committed to a values-led approach to growth that sees Futures developing new partnerships to enable its impact on individuals and employers to further increase.

Sandra Cowley
Operations Director

Sandra has worked within the Further Education sector for over 17 years, during which she has held a number of senior and key roles. As well as being instrumental in securing business growth through increasing participation in post-16 education, she has supported employers with skills development, succession planning and implementation strategies. Sandra is an advocate of lifelong learning, including ensuring individuals have access to opportunities to learn skills which will make a positive impact on their lives and on the communities they live in. Sandra has responsibility for forging new commercial partnerships, helping to grow our training and apprenticeship offer, and taking greater advantage of future funding opportunities.

Sandra Cowley
Operations Director

Sandra has worked within the Further Education sector for over 17 years, during which she has held a number of senior and key roles. As well as being instrumental in securing business growth through increasing participation in post-16 education, she has supported employers with skills development, succession planning and implementation strategies. Sandra is an advocate of lifelong learning, including ensuring individuals have access to opportunities to learn skills which will make a positive impact on their lives and on the communities they live in. Sandra has responsibility for forging new commercial partnerships, helping to grow our training and apprenticeship offer, and taking greater advantage of future funding opportunities.

Abi Rae
Head of Business Engagement and Partnerships

I have been in the skills sector for over 12 years and love talking to businesses about learning strategies that deliver business growth, increased productivity and employee engagement. During my career I have worked in event management, IT, bid-writing and marketing in local businesses, large and small and am always learning from those around me. When not at work I am annoying enthusiastic about loud music, radio dramas, French bric a brac markets and haberdashery!

Abi Rae
Head of Business Engagement and Partnerships

I have been in the skills sector for over 12 years and love talking to businesses about learning strategies that deliver business growth, increased productivity and employee engagement. During my career I have worked in event management, IT, bid-writing and marketing in local businesses, large and small and am always learning from those around me. When not at work I am annoying enthusiastic about loud music, radio dramas, French bric a brac markets and haberdashery!