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May 21, 2014 by News

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation hires new Programme Manager in Manchester to create opportunities for young people

– Beth Powell has been hired as the Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s new Programme Manager.

– The Programme Manager will be based in the Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s Salford office in MediaCityUK.

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– Beth Powell will also develop and manage new social change projects for the Foundation.

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Having secured Big Lottery funding for the development of new programmes in Greater Manchester, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation has undertaken a renewal of its staff team and has refreshed its projects to enable the provision of an exciting range of activities and ensure access to high-quality personal development opportunities for young people.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation has hired Beth Powell to develop new partnerships, design and implement innovative new programmes, and expand the organisation’s reach across Greater Manchester.

Beth is an experienced project manager. She will oversee the Foundation’s programme of activities in Greater Manchester and will work with partners to develop pathways for young people; from their participation in a range of targeted sports, creative arts and media activities, into education, training and employment. Beth is also able to bring a new social action and enterprise focus to the Foundation’s youth offer.

Beth jumping24-year-old Beth has had an impressive career to date. Beth previously worked with UpRising, which is a national charity equipping young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds with the networks, skills, knowledge and confidence to become leaders and bring positive change to their communities. Beth managed the development of UpRising’s pilot ‘cold-spot’ leadership programme for young people in Rochdale. She continues to Chair UpRising’s Emerging Leaders Board for Greater Manchester.

Beth also co-founded and established PlatformMcr, an organisation which nurtures creative social projects in the city, and a peer-led professional development network for young people working for social change. She is a champion of the positive contribution that young people can make to society and to each other.

Beth has delivered media and communications consultancy and she has developed social enterprise support packages, having led on the design and implementation of social business and social finance programmes while co-ordinating Greater Manchester’s social enterprise network. She has also worked at New Economy, Greater Manchester’s economic development agency, helping to secure a multi-million pound investment into new job creation for the city-region.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation are delighted to be able to welcome Beth to the team.

CEO of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Gary Stannett, said:

“We are very pleased to have Beth on board with the foundation, the experience she has gained at such a young age is really impressive and we can already feel her energy and the new ideas she has brought with her.

“Beth were hired because of her knowledge and experience of developing strategies with partners. She will link and support young people in Manchester, as we have done the last few years and we look forward to seeing the skills she will apply to our programmes for young people in Manchester.

“We would also like to thank our partners Big Lottery Fund, who has helped us provide funding for Beth’s new post.”

Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s Programme Manager, Beth Powell, said:

Beth“I’m extremely pleased to be joining the Rio Ferdinand Foundation. The vision of the organisation is completely in synergy with mine. We will be working in areas of high-need but focusing entirely on the passions and strengths of young people, building on those interests and qualities to facilitate their progress and development.

“The foundation’s brand is positive, fun and current, it appeals to young people. I’m looking forward to expanding the reach of that message, and inspiring new audiences.

“In this position I’m going to be able to apply all of my project management, social change and youth work experience, and take the scale of that social impact to the next level. I love working with young people, I’m passionate about social innovation and I am committed to building a brighter, more equal future. The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is the perfect vehicle for that, this is a really wonderful opportunity for me.”

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