The Foyer Federation, which seeks to give young people who can’t live at home a positive induction to adulthood, has appointed a new chair. Andrew Croft will take over in December 2015 from the current chair, James Kelly who is to step down after serving five years as a trustee.
Andrew (pictured above with Chief Executive Jane Slowey) will oversee the Foyer Federation’s ambitious seven year strategy and will lead the organisation through its next exciting phase. Andrew has worked in social investment for 14 years and is currently the Chief Executive of CAN. Andrew brings a wealth of experience in operations, sales, real estate and business development, with over 20 years’ management experience from the John Lewis Partnership to easyGroup.
On joining the board, Andrew said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of Foyer Federation and to be working with a great Board and excellent team. I was interested in the role because of the organisation's reputation, its mission, team and their values.
Life for young people under the age of 24 is tough, all the more so if they cannot live at home. Many do not earn a living wage, it is often difficult for them to build their skills through apprenticeships or good quality training and the government seems determined to limit their access to benefits. This makes no sense when we know that early intervention prevents young lives being blighted and saves the government significant expenditure in the longer term.
There has never been a more important time for Foyer Federation, its advantaged thinking leadership and support for the Foyer network. Local Foyers have a great track record in working with young people who are struggling with the transition to adulthood. They help stabilise their housing situation, reconnect them with learning and work and equip them with the skills they need to build successful and meaningful adult lives.
I feel privileged and excited to be part of an organisation which has already achieved so much and to be able to help shape its next chapter."
David Gold, the Foyer Federation’s Vice Chair said: “Thanks to James Kelly for leading us through a period of great change, ensuring that we are well positioned for the future. Welcome to Andrew Croft who brings new skills and experience, notably around social enterprise and social finance to the Board of Foyer to positively challenge us and ensure we live and breathe Advantaged Thinking.”