Ahead Partnership expands with first
Head of Partnerships appointment

30 Apr, 24


ESG specialist Ahead Partnership has appointed Andy Clarke as its new Head of Partnerships as it expands its operations with a national focus.

Andy, an engagement specialist, most recently worked for Manchester Airports Group as Head of Corporate Affairs at Manchester Airport. He brings a decade of experience working for a range of public and private sector organisations including Asda and Transport for the North. He also assists campaigning organisation FreedomToDonate as their Head of Parliamentary and Corporate Engagement.

In the newly created role, Andy will assume responsibility for leading business development in new regions and enhancing the impact of Ahead Partnership. His mandate includes the expansion of existing programmes and the establishment of new initiatives, with a particular focus on spearheading Ahead Partnership’s growth into Manchester and the broader North West region.

The appointment comes following the business’s expansion from its Leeds headquarters to now operating programmes across the UK, from Glasgow to Portsmouth.

Stephanie Burras CBE, Chief Executive at Ahead Partnership said: “We are so excited to welcome Andy to the team. He has a wealth of knowledge and will be pivotal in driving collaborative growth and building strong relationships.

“As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, we are looking to strengthen and expand our position to ensure as many employers as possible can benefit from our programmes. We are passionate about the role that employers can play to create strong talent pipelines and enable all young people to understand the opportunities now available to them. Andy’s experience will be a great asset for us as we move forward”

ESG and social mobility are incredibly important to me and were key factors in my decision to join Ahead Partnership. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the organisation’s continued growth and success, and I look forward to building public-private partnerships that enable young people reach their full potential.

Andy Clarke, Head of Partnerships

Andy’s appointment underscores Ahead Partnership’s commitment to strengthening its position as a frontrunner in ESG support, reaffirming its dedication to driving meaningful change for young people and ensuring businesses have a strong talent pipeline with the vital skills needed to guarantee the future success of their industries.