About Us 2018-09-18T16:52:48+01:00



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 and Director

Anne set up the Employer Links programme for CAP in January 2013 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 employability and communication skills workshops for young people.

Anne is a governor at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology 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 and Director

Michaela co-founded Form the Future with Anne in 2015, as a social enterprise that continues the successful programme initiated by CAP.

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. She is also an appointed governor at Chesterton Community College.

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.

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. 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.

Jane Paterson-Todd - Non-Executive Director of Form the Future CIC

Jane Paterson-Todd
Non-Executive Director

Jane is CEO at Cambridge Ahead, a business and academic member group that is dedicated to the successful growth of the city. She joined Form the Future as a Non-Executive Director in January 2018.

Prior to her appointment at Cambridge Ahead, she spent several years with the Chickenshed Theatre in London, which aims to create outstanding theatre that celebrates diversity and inspires positive change.

She has worked across both commercial and not-for-profit sectors during her illustrious career, including positions with Emap, the Barbican and the Telegraph, and has an MBA which she received from Westminster Business school.



We are so proud and grateful to have been nominated for a number of awards since we created Form the Future in 2015.

This year, we were absolutely ecstatic to win the Allia Award for Social Entrepreneurship in the Cambridge News & Media Business Excellence Awards and to be shortlisted for the Kate Gross Award for Social Enterprise and Business of the Year award in the Business Weekly Awards.

Anne and Michaela were also selected alongside our Non-Executive Director, Jane, as some of Cambridge’s most inspirational businesswomen in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Logo for Business Weekly Awards 2018
Logo for Winner of the Allia Award for Social Entrepreneurship in the Business Excellence Awards 2018