Gail is the CEO of Sheffield Futures - a large young people's charity which provides specialist support and mentoring for young people in Sheffield and the surrounding region. A social worker by profession, Gail has over twenty-years' experience of working in the public sector - predominantly in the fields of mental health and young people; policy; and commissioning.
Gail has experience of leading two Social Impact Bonds (SIB) at Sheffield Futures. Future Shapers was a DWP Youth Engagement Fund SIB delivered between 2015-2018 - supporting young people 'not in employment, education or training (NEET) or at risk of being NEET. Project Apollo (2018-2021) is a Department for Education (UK) Social Care Innovation Fund SIB supporting care leavers into education and employment. Gail is particularly interested in outcomes-based delivery and the provider perspective; and service user voice and participation.
Gail holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Sheffield; and is an Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations Fellow. She sits on a wide range of multi-agency boards and chairs the Management Committee at the Sheffield Pupil Referral Unit. More recently, she was awarded a Pilotlight Bursary in 2018 for providing support to another charity over the course of a year.