We connect young people to a world of career possibilities, inspire them to dream big and empower them to fulfil their potential.

At Form the Future CIC our mission is twofold: we aim to empower young people in their career choices and prepare them for the future; and enable businesses to safeguard and build their talent pipeline. We bridge the gap between these two worlds, making it as easy as possible for the two spheres to work together and achieve more.

And we bring it all together seamlessly, providing a high-quality, high-impact brokerage and event delivery service between schools and businesses, and a memorable experience for students.

We have been bridging this gap since 2015. Our passion stems from the desire to inspire young people and open their eyes to the education and career opportunities available to them. We believe that all young people should be able to shape their own future and we want to enable them to do so.

Why is this important?

Ensuring that young people have the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed, allows businesses to access the right people they need, and enables them to grow and develop. Young people will then also benefit from the increased opportunities that local economic growth can provide. We also want to see young people achieve their potential.


Anne Bailey - Co-Founder of Form the Future CIC

Anne Bailey
Co-founder & Director

Anne initially set up the Employer Links programme for CAP in January 2013, because she wanted to help young people connect with the vibrant business community in Cambridge. After Michaela joined, they transformed this into Form the Future.

Anne got involved in education-business partnerships when she managed BT’s award-winning CSR education programme. She also developed teacher training for Essex County Council and ran workshops for young people to improve their communication skills and employability.

Anne feels strongly about helping young people realise they can do much more than they thought possible. She is also a communication coach and has been a non-executive director at the EAHSN and Papworth Hospital.

Michaela Eschbach - Co-Founder of Form the Future CIC

Michaela Eschbach
Co-founder & Director

Michaela co-founded Form the Future with Anne in 2015, as a social enterprise that continues the successful programme initiated by CAP. She is also an appointed governor at Chesterton Community College.

Michaela started as an apprentice in Tourism, followed by an University degree in International Business. This led to a career in the financial service industry, where she spent 13 years in Project and Relationship Management.

In 2014, after moving to Cambridge, Michaela discovered a passion for helping young people find their way from school into the world of work by working with CAP. Looking back at her own career, Michaela just knew it was the right way to go.

Garry Havens - Non-Executive Director of Form the Future CIC

Garry Havens
Non-Executive Director

Garry runs his own management consultancy business and is a qualified accountant (CIMA) by profession. He joined Form the Future as a Non-Executive Director in September 2016.

He spent the bulk of his career working for Domino Printing Sciences PLC in Cambridge, a leader in the product identification and digital printing sector. He retired from Domino after 25 years, including 11 years as Group Commercial Director and a member of the PLC Board.  During his career, he held several senior roles overseas in Germany, Singapore and the USA.

He brings a wealth of corporate governance experience and is very committed to supporting the growth and development of Form the Future as a highly valued social enterprise.

Dr Ian McEwan - Chairman of Form the Future CIC

Dr Ian McEwan

Ian has been on Form the Future’s advisory council since the organisation began, and the Chairman since September 2016.

He is a qualified accountant and has lived in Cambridge for the past 20 years, leading several technology start-ups and charities.

Ian is very passionate about the importance and transformational power of education having worked for RAND Europe, an evidence-based social policy research charity. This led him to become a Trustee of Villiers Park Educational Trust, Eastern Leadership Centre and the University of Cambridge Primary School. He also runs a local multi-academy Trust, which oversees eight schools.

Outside of work, Ian focuses on his children and tries to stay fit between stints as the family taxi driver.



We are so proud and grateful to have been nominated for various awards since we created Form the Future in 2015. Last year, we were ecstatic to be Finalists for the Allia Award for Social Entrepreneurship in the Cambridge Business Excellence Awards and Anne and Michaela were chosen to be two of Cambridge’s Most Influential Business People.