From education to employment

CEO of Career Colleges Trust joins yourfeed as chairwoman to empower youth employment

Jack Parsons, CEO of yourfeed, has today announced the appointment of Ruth Gilbert, CEO of education charity, the Career Colleges Trust, as chairwoman of yourfeed. This is the latest in a long line of board level announcements from the online platform which is billed as a ‘LinkedIn for millennials’.

yourfeed is committed to connecting millennials to purposeful commercial opportunities. The company is headed up by Jack Parsons, who is on a mission to connect two million millennials to commercial opportunities by 2020. Ruth will be advising Jack and the board, on the strategic direction of yourfeed, as the company continues to grow at a rapid pace.

Ruth has over 20 years of experience in professional services and the education sector, with a strong track record of business development and improvement, change leadership and business growth. She has helped maximise the performance and potential of individuals, having started her career at Unilever.

As a former principal and college CEO, she supports Further Education providers to develop commercial growth strategies. 

Ruth Gilbert comments: “As a mother, I am worried about future career prospects for my daughter and young people across the UK. My generation grew up at a time when getting a degree was the ticket to a successful career. Now, this is not the case. Half of graduates are instead faced with a debt they can’t afford and limited employment opportunities.”

Ruth continues: “I believe Jack and yourfeed will raise aspirations of young people, by better connecting them with prospective employers and showcasing their talents in a revolutionary way. I also personally recognise the great opportunity this role gives me to learn from millennials.”

Jack Parsons, CEO of yourfeed, comments: “Ruth was my number one choice for chairwoman. She is a prime example of a successful woman in both leadership and education, which really makes her stand out. I am honoured to have her on board here at yourfeed. Ruth knows what employers need (because she asks them!) and want from young people. Her input at yourfeed will be invaluable.”

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