Meet the Executive Leadership Team

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Jennie Willock

Chief Executive Officer

This business holds immense importance to me as it aligns with my deep desire to make a positive impact. Leaving the corporate world, I embarked on this journey to create a meaningful difference in people's lives. At Futures, our ability to empower individuals and facilitate their engagement in work and education is crucial for fostering social mobility—a cause that resonates strongly with me.


Throughout my career, I have predominantly focused on the education and training sector. In addition to my experience at Futures, I have held finance roles in the further education and university sectors, as well as in global private education. My passion lies in ensuring that everyone, especially those who don't follow the conventional academic path, has equal access to education and support. I firmly believe that education and support can transform opportunities and enhance lives.

Amanda Payne

Director of Operations

I am responsible for the operational delivery of Futures services across the East Midlands, East of England and beyond, including apprenticeships. As Director of Operations I have the great opportunity to hear first hand our success stories and feel immense pride for the impact our work has on the lives of others. I am a process and delivery model driven person, because I believe that through attention to detail here, we achieve better outcomes for those we support. I enjoy reading and gardening but mostly being in the outdoors, the peak district is one of my favourite places to be, preferably somewhere high up!

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Jennifer Lovett

Associate Director of People and Culture

I have extensive experience in human resource management achieved by working in commercial and mainly public sector organisations. I have a genuine interest in businesses that deliver services that make a positive difference to people’s lives, which is what attracted me to The Futures Group and the valuable work we do.

As a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, I am keen to promote good practice in people management.

I enjoy working in partnership with senior leadership teams, managers and staff in driving the people agenda to achieve great business results whilst creating working environments to help diverse teams thrive. In my spare time I enjoy time with family, going to concerts, learning to play the piano and sightseeing both home and abroad.

Daphne Saxelby

Associate Director of Excellence

My passion is undoubtedly amazing customer service for everyone, and within Futures that informs our commitment to deliver excellence for every customer, learner, and apprentice. My journey within the FE sector is rooted in workplace learning and development, which has fuelled my passion ensuring our impact on those we teach and support is always outstanding. Many experiences and opportunities later, my role now enables me to share that passion across all our work at Futures and drive a culture of continuous improvement to achieve our commitment.

When not at work I love being outside, whether that be nurturing the garden or enjoying a glorious walk around our fabulous peaks and valleys.

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Kerry Wilson

Executive Assistant to the Board, CEO and Corporate Relationship Manager

I work to ensure the board, CEO and the team are able to concentrate on the bigger aspects of leadership. I'm dedicated and focused on the future, supporting the implementation of key actions. I enjoy cycling and spending time with family and friends.