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Simon Hill
Head of Partnerships

Simon joined Enabling Enterprise in September 2013 from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Simon is a parent governor of Furzedown Primary School, where he works with governors, staff and parents to ensure that the school continues to improve and that all children enjoy a stimulating learning environment.

Simon leads on Enabling Enterprise’s links with the businesses and employers who support our work. Simon is also responsible for Enabling Enterprise’s fundraising to ensure that our plans to reach 120,000 children per year by 2019 are achieved.

Robert Craig
Head of Operations and Strategy

Robert is responsible for the strategic direction and running of Enabling Enterprise as an organisation. As treasurer of an alternative provision school in Hackney he came to see the importance of educational outcomes, particularly for those from less privileged backgrounds.

Prior to Enabling Enterprise, Robert worked in Public Sector Strategy and Operations at KPMG as well as at Social Finance.

Chris Cuckson
Interim Head of School Programmes

With a degree in Italian and music, Chris’s career started in media, organising BAFTA ceremonies and working in TV production. Then changing course with a desire to make a difference, he trained to become a primary class teacher and phase leader in Hackney.

Chris joined Enabling Enterprise after having seen the impact of the projects in his own school. Chris leads our work in North London, and in the East of England and loves running projects in schools and businesses which help prepare young people for success in the real world, while still having lots of fun along the way!

Maryam Darby
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Interim Head of School Network

Prior to working at Enabling Enterprise, Maryam was a Primary School Teacher for 7 years in a South London School. She discovered a passion for project-driven learning teaching her students about the media industry with the Lambeth CLC, The Southbank Centre and the BFI.

This inspired Maryam to work for Enabling Enterprise, where she now manages the South London & South East region.

Claire Bayley
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Regional Manager North of England

Claire always wanted to be a teacher, and share her love of history. Following her degree, Claire taught for 10 years in Oldham, taking on a variety of roles including accreditation as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner and as Specialist Leader in Education specialising in Initial Teacher Education.

She brings this passion for learning and for developing enterprise skills to her role at Enabling Enterprise in her role as Regional Manager for the North West.

Richard Hart
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Regional Manager Midlands & South West

Richard joined Enabling Enterprise in 2017 and leads our work across the Midlands and South West England. His passion for education and business innovation spans over 25 years of working with children and young people as a teacher and curriculum advisory in primary, secondary and initial teacher training settings.

Richard has headed music education and cultural service organisations in the West Midlands and East of England regions and has led business development and transformation programmes across a range of education, heritage and cultural service organisations.  

A rapidly-growing global partnership.

The Partnership brings together more than 700 organisations towards a common mission, joined by shared language, principles and outcomes. Below you can learn more about all our partners.

Integrating with schools in the UK and globally

We work with Primary, Secondary and SEN schools across the country (and, increasingly, around the world) to build essential skills education into the everyday curriculum.

Connected with brilliant employers
and skills-building organisations

We're working with inspiring employers from a huge range of sectors. We're also collaborating with skills-building organisations to structure their work around the Skills Builder Framework.

Click the headings below to browse and learn more about all our partners.
Our strategic partners financially support us to expand our work - either through developing new programmes or extending into new areas. We couldn’t grow without them and thank them for all their support.
Our partner organisations apply the Skills Builder Framework within their work and provide additional support within the Partnership through resource collaboration, advocacy and shared expertise. Their unique contributions to the growth and impact of the Partnership is highly valued.
Our strategic partners financially support us to expand our work - either through developing new programmes or extending into new areas. We couldn’t grow without them and thank them for all their support.
Our member organisations are determined to achieve a greater collective impact as part of this growing coalition. They are provided with training and support around the Skills Builder Framework which they apply to their own work, engaging with young people in a wide variety of ways to work towards the overall mission of developing the essential skills.
Our employer partners periodically host visits to their workplaces by groups of students, who get a chance to meet employees and ask questions. Volunteers and students then get to work on a challenge that gives a flavour of what the organisation does.

Employer Partners

Employer Partners of the Skills Builder Partnership work with us to champion essential skills development across their organisations, by embedding essential skills across their outreach, recruitment and professional development. Together, we’re working towards a world where everyone can build the essential skills to be successful.

Collective Impact Partners

Our Collective Impact Partners support us to expand our work - offering vital funding and invaluable strategic support, which enables us to develop new programmes, extend into new areas and amplify our impact. We couldn’t grow without them and thank them for all their support.

Board of Directors

Tom Ravenscroft

Founder & CEO

Skills Builder Partnership

Bio

Richard Bronze

Non-Executive Director

Co-founder & Director, Energy Aspects

Bio

Sam Butters

Non-Executive Director

CEO, Fair Education Alliance

Bio

Alex Shapland-Howes

Non-Executive Director

Co-founder & CEO, Tandem

Bio

Strategic Advisory Group

Peter Cheese

Advisor

CEO, CIPD

Bio

Dame Julia Cleverdon

Advisor

Vice Patron, Business in the Community

Bio

Sir Ian Davis

Advisor

Chair, Rolls Royce

Bio

Sir Peter Estlin

Advisor

Chair, FutureDotNow

Bio

Professor Lynda Gratton

Advisor

London Business School

Bio

Sir John Holman

Advisor

Gatsby Foundation and Chair, Essential Skills Taskforce

Bio

Professor Tristram Hooley

Advisor

University of Derby and Institute of Student Employers

Bio

Nicola Inge

Advisor

Director of Education and Employability, Business in the Community

Bio

Professor Bill Lucas

Advisor

University of Winchester

Bio

Maryanne Matthews

Advisor

CEO, EY Foundation

Bio

Jo Owen

Advisor

Director, The Leadership Partnership

Bio

Daniel Sandford Smith

Advisor

Director of Education Programme, Gatsby Foundation

Bio

Brett Wigdortz

Advisor

Chair, NCS Trust

Bio

Honor Wilson-Fletcher

Advisor

CEO, British Exploring

Bio

John Yarham

Advisor

Deputy CEO, Careers & Enterprise Company

Bio

Skills Builder Team

Many of our team - and all those working directly with schools - are qualified teachers, operating from London and across the UK.

See our job vacancies

Tom Ravenscroft

Founder & CEO

Bio

Robert Craig

Chief Operating Officer

Bio

Rosa Morgan-Baker

Director of Development

Bio

Sarah McKinless

Director of Product

Bio

Bella Audsley

Interim Impact Organisations Manager

Bio

Emma Reay

Employer Programmes Manager

Bio

Evelyn Haywood

Head of Education

Bio

Maryam Darby

Organisations Manager

Bio

Mike Zatyka

Head of Growth Fund

Bio

Will Seymour

Strategy & Operations Manager

Bio

Bethan Jeffers

Education Associate

Bio

Alice Hossent

Senior Associate

Bio

Alicia Davies

Education Associate

Bio

Alison Gale

Senior Associate

Bio

Connor Llewellyn

Education Associate

Bio

Emma Crighton

Education Associate

Bio

Hannah Senior

Education Associate

Bio

James Prideaux

Senior Associate for International

Bio

Judith Grazier

Senior Education Associate

Bio

Stéphane Auberval

Product Coordinator

Bio

Tom Varley

Senior Associate for SEN

Bio

Amy Baggott

Partnerships and Fundraising Associate

Bio

Amy Geoghegan

Education Associate

Bio

Charlotte Fryett

Education Associate

Bio

Hannah Eisa

Partnerships and Schools Coordinator

Bio

Laura Graham

Education Associate

Bio

Parul Begum

Finance & Operations Assistant

Bio

Simon Camp

Design Associate

Bio
John Yarham
Advisor
Honor Wilson-Fletcher
Advisor
Brett Wigdortz
Advisor
Daniel Sandford Smith
Advisor
Jo Owen
Advisor
Maryanne Matthews
Advisor
Professor Bill Lucas
Advisor
Nicola Inge
Advisor
Professor Tristram Hooley
Advisor
Sir John Holman
Advisor
Professor Lynda Gratton
Advisor
Sir Peter Estlin
Advisor
Sir Ian Davis
Advisor
Dame Julia Cleverdon
Advisor
Peter Cheese
Advisor
Alex Shapland-Howes
Non-Executive Director
Richard Bronze
Non-Executive Director
Sam Butters
Non-Executive Director
Hannah Senior
Education Associate
Connor Llewellyn
Education Associate
Bethan Jeffers
Education Associate
Alicia Davies
Education Associate
Emma Crighton
Education Associate
Amy Baggott
Partnerships and Fundraising Associate
Hannah Eisa
Partnerships and Schools Coordinator
Charlotte Fryett
Education Associate
Will Seymour
Strategy & Operations Manager
Judith Grazier
Senior Education Associate
Parul Begum
Finance & Operations Assistant
Laura Graham
Education Associate
Amy Geoghegan
Education Associate
Rosa Morgan-Baker
Director of Development
Stéphane Auberval
Product Coordinator
Alice Hossent
Senior Associate
Bella Audsley
Interim Impact Organisations Manager
Emma Reay
Employer Programmes Manager
Simon Camp
Design Associate
Alison Gale
Senior Associate
Tom Varley
Senior Associate for SEN
James Prideaux
Senior Associate for International
Evelyn Haywood
Head of Education
Mike Zatyka
Head of Growth Fund
Sarah McKinless
Director of Product
Maryam Darby
Organisations Manager
Robert Craig
Chief Operating Officer
Tom Ravenscroft
Founder & CEO

Everything we've learned.

The Missing Piece: The Essential Skills Education Forgot details the rationale for building essential skills, in the light of a decade of practice with over 150,000 children and young people. It rigorously examines the arguments for and evidence behind the six principles, as well as discussing the thinking behind the development of the Skills Builder Framework. The book also looks to the future, outlining a roadmap for the changes we must make to our education system so that every student can be equipped with the skills, experiences and aspirations that will empower them to succeed in life.

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External Press

Profile: Tom Ravenscroft
Tom Ravenscroft is perhaps the most quietly passionate proponent of a “skills” curriculum in education today – and if that rings alarm bells, keep reading.
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Education must transform to make people ready for AI
We are doubling down on the idea that if we get children to know things and regurgitate them in a certain way in an exam, then we are setting them up...
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Education’s missing piece
Tom Ravenscroft, Founder and CEO of Enabling Enterprise, explains how he is trying to reduce the skills gap. There is something fundamental missing...
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School reports miss the talents that matter - just look at Alan Turing
The education system can sometimes struggle to cope with lateral thinkers. Learning has become formulaic – a case of regurgitating knowledge in...
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‘The Missing Piece’ book review - Dr. Mary Bousted
Ravenscroft has not only done his research – the sources in his book are wide and varied – but he also wears his learning lightly. The result is a very...
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Start-up success: six lessons for aspiring social entrepreneurs
While it may sound poetic, Enabling Enterprise was not born in a flash of inspiration. Rather it emerged from my desperate attempts as a naïve new...
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The latest from the Partnership

Learn all about essential skills and the how our Partnership is leading a movement to prepare young people for success both in school and beyond.