Duncan Chamberlain, Founder and Managing Director
Duncan is the inspiration and spirit behind Bridging to the Future. His experience encompasses working for multinationals (including Whitbread), SMEs, social enterprises and as an entrepreneur. He has also worked as a senior leader in high performing schools and for an A Level examination board. His drive and passion to support others on their business journey is rooted in a business philosophy which is based on nurturing, supporting and unleashing potential, and the systems and methods he has developed are based on his own learning curve, the benefit of a wide network and an intellectual curiosity. Duncan believes in a ‘small core model’ with optimal levels of delegation and empowerment.
Daniel Zastawny, Senior Manager
Daniel is young social entrepreneur who recently has received his master and graduate degree from the University of Birmingham. He is passionate about the need to support charities, social enterprises and the third sector. A passion that has stemmed out of his long term commitment to his volunteering work with Birmingham’s most disadvantaged youth. Daniels desire to support the third sector has shaped his work here at BtF as he is involved in writing grant applications for many of our clients. Daniels entrepreneurial spirit has pushed him into combining his social work with his business work as he is looking to develop a partner business with BtF that will offer grant writing services to the third sector.
Ben Smitton, Social Media Manager
Ben is a young enthusiastic person currently studying Lowa, USA who is committed to seeking how social media can help people and business network effectively in order for them to benefit from each other. He also seeks to see how networking can produce links that have social benefit. Ben’s skills are also focusing on marketing and promotion where he has been able to enhance these through his graphic design skills. Ben too has dynamic entrepreneurial spirit and is looking to develop new ideas, especially in the area of economic wellbeing, equality and minority groups.
Chris Woo, Social Enterprise
Chris leads for us in research and delivery in disadvantaged areas, developing new programmes and approaches and piloting them in areas which often prove testing and challenging. His credibility and expertise in working in these communities and on these projects has been a significant factor in the company’s continued development. He has a Masters Degree from the University of London and is an active social entrepreneur in Birmingham.
Ben Inshaw, MD, Exam Central
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Ben has enjoyed rapid progress as a young social entrepreneur, and brings a fresh and dynamic approach to our work. His work in equipping disadvantaged communities to become more entrepreneurial has been innovative and successful, and as an entrepreneur in his own right he has been tested in very difficult environments and thus his experience has been forged in reality. Ben who was a former employee has established a partner business with us called Exam Central. His business provides tutoring of all different types of schooling for students across the west midlands and also his business aims to help disadvantaged youth in Birmingham.