Two Nottingham entrepreneurs feature in list of UK’s most inspiring leaders

Hannah Rees and Cherie White

The founding duo of Nottingham business Think for the Future have been named amongst the UK’s 100 most inspirational and innovative individuals and progressive leaders from across the private, not for profit and public sectors.

Cherie White and Hannah Rees are the only individuals from the East Midlands to be named on the 2018 ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’ list, produced by business and financial adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Each year Grant Thornton identifies and brings together 100 progressive leaders and 2018 is the first year Think for the Future’s directors have been included on the Faces list.

Established in 2012, Think for the Future’s core philosophy is to enable and empower young people to thrive, rather than simply survive.

The company is an educational social enterprise which provides schools, teachers and disadvantaged communities with solutions to remove barriers to their success; tackling pastoral and behavioural problems that are preventing participants from reaching their full educational potential.

Commenting on being chosen as one of this year’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy, Think for the Future Director Cherie White said: “We are so pleased to be named as the East Midlands Faces of a Vibrant Economy and receive this recognition for our passion and commitment to helping young people thrive rather than simply survive in the modern world.”

The company’s co-director Hannah Rees added: “In the last 6 years, we have worked with over 50,000 secondary school students delivering our innovative learning for life services across the East Midlands. Being one of the Faces will mean that we can continue to grow our services into other regions and expand our impact to more young people across the UK.”

Chris Frostwick, practice leader at Grant Thornton’s East Midlands office, said: “The Faces of a Vibrant Economy are selected from across the UK and represent diverse sectors and industries. Among them are business leaders, entrepreneurs, local government innovators and third sector trailblazers – recognised for their commitment to developing an economy that enables people, organisations and communities to flourish.

“At Grant Thornton, we know that doing well by doing good makes business sense and believe that leaders embracing this ethos deserve to be championed. That’s why we launched the Faces campaign – to celebrate individuals who exemplify the Vibrant Economy movement, which aims to shape an environment where people, organisations and communities thrive.

“By celebrating these remarkable leaders, we recognise their role in developing a more purposeful and innovative business environment. Think for the Future founders and directors Cherie White and Hannah Rees epitomise the essence of our Faces campaign, as they show us how business can be done through ‘human’ leadership which nurtures talent, and demonstrate that profits with purpose lead to sustainable business, showing us that it’s not only possible, but also necessary, to do well by doing good.”