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Announcing Workwhile’s new shadow board

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Workwhile's first trustees, including our chair Rob Powell.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Workwhile's first trustees, including our inaugural chair:

  • Rob Powell (chair) – Director of Pro Bono, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP
  • Natasha Armstrong – Head of Impact Strategy at the National Foundation for Educational Research
  • Sarah Alonge - Programme Manager for Work & Skills at Metropolitan Thames Valley
  • Joe Dromey – Director of Central London Forward
  • Sammy Shumo – Group Head of Apprenticeships at London South Bank University

Rob Powell, Workwhile's new chair of trustees, said:

"Good work with decent pay and conditions, in a physically and psychologically-safe environment with opportunities for training and progression, plays an integral role in boosting productivity, improving economic mobility and helping communities to thrive. Apprenticeships are central to this. Work is not everything, but good work can be. It can be the difference between poverty and a family-sustaining wage and help low-growth economies to prosper. That’s why I’m delighted to be appointed Chair of Workwhile’s board to work alongside Anna Ambrose and the amazing staff team to realise Workwhile’s vision of an equitable world of work, where everyone has access to meaningful, lasting employment."

Anna Ambrose, Workwhile's director, said:

"Our new shadow board members bring a great diversity of both professional expertise and personal experience, and I'm incredibly excited by the prospect of Workwhile benefiting from the insights they'll bring. It's been genuinely humbling that so many talented people are willing to volunteer their time to help us in our mission to create a fairer world of work."

Workwhile began life as the London Progression Collaboration pilot project in 2019/20, creating apprenticeships for low-paid and disadvantaged Londoners, funded by J.P Morgan and the Greater London Authority. Whilst apprenticeship creation remains at the heart of our work, as Workwhile our work now encompasses a wider range of programmes, all addressing unequal access to good quality work. Read more about our work here.

After 5 years of successful incubation with IPPR (the Institute for Public Policy Research), we're now on an exciting journey towards becoming an independent charity. Once our new charity is up and running, our trustees will assume responsibility for its governance, ensuring it is well run and remains true to our mission.

You can read more about each of our trustees, as well as our staff team, here. To discuss Workwhile's work, including the potential for new partnerships, contact Anna Ambrose - a.ambrose@ippr.org.

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