Farewell to EN:Able Futures' co-founder


The team say an emotional goodbye and thank you to Catherine Bishop

The Efficiency North team gathered together at Sovereign Court in Sheffield on Thursday 21st March to say good bye to EN:Able Futures CIC Head of Operations, Catherine Bishop, and present her with gifts, including a football signed by the team, on her last day with the company before she left to take up her new leadership role as Chief Executive of Hull Tigers Trust.

Since joining Efficiency North in July 2017 as part of the arrangements to acquire Futureworks, under Catherine’s leadership EN:Able Futures CIC has expanded its offer by complementing its shared apprenticeship service with an innovative and industry-led apprenticeship academy model. Also, Catherine has established good connections for the company with regional agencies and learning providers, which will provide a strong basis for future relationships.

Julie Deeley will now move from her position as Operations Manager to take the lead as acting Head of Operations for EN:Able Futures CIC with effect from Monday 25th March 2019, joining the Executive Management Team of Efficiency North

Julie joined Futureworks (Yorkshire) in July 2015 and has been central to the company’s growth and development, taking day-to-day responsibility for the management of a dedicated team and apprentices appointed to the shared apprenticeship programme. During Julie’s time as Operations Manager she has seen the number of apprentices on the programme grow from 60 to 85 and has developed the new academy model with her colleagues.

Prior to her post with Futureworks Julie started work in central civil government for the Department for Health and Social Security which subsequently became the Department for Work and Pensions. During this time Julie gained over 30 years’ experience in managing successful programmes and interventions to support local, unemployed individuals secure sustainable employment.

Catherine commented, “I wanted to thank everyone for working with EN:Able Futures (previously Futureworks Yorkshire) and for your continued support which has enabled the creation of so many valuable apprenticeship opportunities across Yorkshire & Humber.

"It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to co-create Futureworks Yorkshire, and then to see it grow, flourish and transition into its new home within the Efficiency North family, creating a real and alternative career route for people into a dynamic industry whilst supporting the industry skills needs.

"This experience has been unique, rewarding and valuable in so many ways; working with so many talented and passionate people and one I am proud of being involved in, and sad to be leaving, but also assured that our brilliant team, now headed up by Julie, will continue to deliver a quality service within the wider Efficiency North family.”

Efficiency North Chief Executive Lee Parkinson said, “We thank Catherine for her efforts in leading EN:Able Futures CIC and wish her well in her future career.  I wish Julie every success in her new role and I very much look forward to working closely with her in building futures and opportunities for young people and businesses in Yorkshire and Humber and the wider region.”

The Author

Written by Liz Butcher

Liz leads the Efficiency North group’s marketing and communications and works with the Chief Executive to develop and manage corporate governance and culture.

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