Meet the leadership team

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Peter Brammall

Chief Executive

My original career was in commercial banking, which proved to be an excellent grounding in working with employers, assessing their businesses and enabling them to grow and develop. During a spell as a tutor at the bank’s Staff Training College I caught the bug which subsequently shaped my career: seeing the power of individual support and upskilling sparked a passion which would see me lead a range of organisations over the next 2 decades in the education, welfare and skills sectors dedicated to working with those vulnerable or disadvantaged who needed help to progress. I’m passionate about our mission to make a difference to people’s lives, inspiring them to achieve their potential and am delighted to be involved in helping Futures on the next stage in its evolution, securing positive change which transforms lives for even more young people and adults. My other passions are my family and my football team, which I often combine with regular trips, in the UK and abroad, to see my beloved Manchester City in action.

Sandra Cowley

Commercial Director

Having worked within the Further Education sector for the last 19 years, I am an advocate of lifelong learning and committed to ensuring individuals have access to opportunities to learn skills which make a positive impact on their lives and the communities they live in. Throughout my career I have helped businesses with their talent attraction, skills development, and succession planning strategies as I truly believe people are businesses greatest asset when they are nurtured and developed. My role is instrumental in securing business growth for the benefit of the people and businesses we support. When not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends and undertaking property renovations.

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Daphne Saxelby

Head of Performance & Innovation

I'm driven to support and encourage people to maximise their potential. I wanted to manage a hotel or restaurant when I left school, quickly changed my mind when those responsibilities didn’t fit around my teenage social life, moved into a 25 year career in finance where my passion to embed effective learning to improve performance developed. This ultimately led me into the further education sector. I am passionate about high quality learning at all ages and stages of working life.

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 annoyingly enthusiastic about loud music, radio dramas, French bric a brac markets and haberdashery!

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Sarah Clifford

Head of Apprenticeships

I am extremely passionate about all things apprenticeships having been an apprentice myself and benefitting from learning new skills and knowledge whilst in my work environment. I have over 15 years experience in the sector and my career began in early years where I found apprenticeships to be the future within any organisation.

My drive is to inspire and empower others and to create long term aspirations across the business within the apprenticeship provision.

Myself and my team strongly believe that learners and employers should always be at the heart of everything we do.

Liz Walters

Professional Development Manager

I have been involved in the advice and guidance sector for over 20 years. I lead a specialist professional development offer and am dedicated to the delivery of high quality and high impact learning and development programmes; providing a stimulating, motivational and supportive learning experience. I have a national reputation for my dedication to driving up the standards within the CIAG sector.

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