• Kevin Munday

    Engaging, learning, developing

    I'm passionate about enabling young people to achieve their full potential. I have developed innovative approaches to engagement and learning, together with a strong focus on social impact, which result in young people achieving better education and employment outcomes. I was recognised in the 2019 Social Entrepreneurs Index for my work as Chief Executive of City Year UK and have previously founded and grown organisations such as ThinkForward, the Young Lambeth Cooperative and the Centre for Youth Impact.


    At City Year UK our full-time volunteer mentors act as role models and tutors, supporting pupils from disadvantaged communities to enjoy and succeed at school. Over the course of their City Year, they also have the opportunity to develop as leaders, with the passion, values, experience and skills to lead transformational change in their communities long after their year of social action.

    Prior to joining City Year UK, I was the founding Chief Executive of ThinkForward, a programme providing young people with long term and intensive support to ensure that they make a successful transition from school to work. ThinkForward was incubated in Impetus - The Private Equity Foundation and I previously worked with them as an Investment Director.


    Before creating ThinkForward, I worked in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where I was Deputy Head of Youth Services and then Head of 14-19 Development. Other roles included as Deputy Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and with the national charities Community Matters and St. John Ambulance. I am a qualified youth worker and teacher and have an MBA from Ashridge Business School. I am currently completing a Doctorate in Education at The University of Cambridge.


    In my spare time I am a trustee of the Centre for Youth Impact, a director of the Catch 22 Multi Academies Trust and the volunteer National Commissioner, Young People for St. John Ambulance. Previous positions have included as Chair of the British Youth Council, Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council and as a trustee of the National Youth Agency. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Clore Social Leadership programme, the Society for Education and Training and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. I was named by The Guardian in 2008 as one of the 'Future 500' leaders in public life, by Striding Out in 2011 as one of the UK’s top 100 Social Entrepreneurs and in 2018 led the team which won a City of London Dragon Award for responsible business.

  • Supporting young people to
    achieve their full potential

    City Year UK challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time social action. As mentors, tutors and role models in schools, they support pupils growing up in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK. To find out more, watch our film.
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  • Supporting school to work transition

    With 15 per cent of young people failing to make a successful move from education into employment, ThinkForward is a breakthrough programme which intervenes early to significantly improve the chances of those most at risk of dropping out.

    These young people are given a ‘super-coach’ from age 14 through to 19 who provides personalized, sustained support to overcome challenges at home and at school and to build life skills and confidence. Additional access to a business mentor helps establish links to the world of work. The programme doesn’t duplicate effort, rather connects young people with the most relevant local services and networks.


    ThinkForward was created in 2010 following research by Impetus - The Private Equity Foundation into how to dramatically reduce the likelihood of young people being not in education, employment or training. It followed a successful pilot run in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. To find out more, watch the film.

  • Some other things I'm working on...

    Centre for Youth Impact

    Trustee of Centre for Youth Impact

    The Centre for Youth Impact is a centre for evidence, capacity building and practice development with a mission to increase the use of high quality evidence in the design, delivery, evaluation, funding and commissioning of services for young people. The Centre was launched in September 2014 to address a historical challenge: an ongoing shortage of evidence to inform the way that programmes and services are funded, commissioned, designed and delivered, and evidence of the difference this work makes to the lives of young people.

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    Director of Catch22 Multi Academies Trust

    Catch22 Multi Academies Trust focuses on learners aged 4-18 who will benefit from small, supportive alternative education provision. Through a growing chain of schools across England, young people are provided with a safe and nurturing environment and a curriculum tailored to their individual needs. With strong pastoral provision and support for behavioural improvement, many learners are re-integrated back to mainstream provision. Whilst for others the preparation for the world of work results in successful progression into employment.

    Cambridge EdD

    Doctorate in Education (EdD)

    The EdD is a doctorate designed
    for practicing educational professionals. It is an innovative programme that harnesses the experience of excellent doctoral research at Cambridge in order to generate, develop and disseminate professional knowledge and support innovation that will have social, educational and practical impact. My research project explores how we can better support young people's transition from school to work.

    St. John Ambulance

    National Commssioner, Young People

    St. John Amulance is the UK's leading First Aid charity. We believe that it’s absolutely unacceptable that so many people die needlessly – because no one could give them First Aid when they needed it. So we teach people, including our own young volunteers called Badgers and Cadets, so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. As National Commissioner for Young People I support the development and delivery of our youth strategy and programmes.

  • Right now I'm interested in...

    Policy Review TV

    Launching partnership with Coventry University, October 2020

    Meet the 2020 Acumen Fellows in the United Kingdom

    Appointed Acumen Fellow, September 2020

    Social Entrepreneur Index

    Launch of the Social Entrepreneur Index, March 2019

    Guardian article

    Call for social action ‘national service’, The Guardian, August 2018

    Charity Today article

    'City Year UK appoints new CEO', Charity Today, July 2018

    Overview of the Global Market for SIBs

    Contribution to research on the global market for SIBs, April 2017

    Philanthropy Impact article

    'Understanding risk and success in SIBs', Philanthropy Impact, Winter 2016

    Interview with London Live on Social Investment, May 2016

    The City's Business: A Guide

    Contribution to a guide on helping young Londoners into employment, March 2016

    Third Sector article

    'Social impact bond helped us to get started' Third Sector, November 2015

    ThinkForward blog

    'Mission accomplished: SIB successfully completes!' October 2015

    Presentation at Gulbenkian Foundation conference

    'New ways forward on youth unemployment', Portugal, November 2014

    Charity Choice article

    'Social investment: Slow and steady wins the race?' November 2014

    Liberal Democrat Party Conference

    'More than a job - creating careers for young people', October 2014

    Charity Times article

    'Beyond the Big Society', Charity Times, September 2014

    Impetus-PEF blog

    'Raising the bar - achieving the golden five', September 2014

    Reflections on my Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, July 2014

    Children & Young People Now article

    'Neet reduction drive', CYP Now Magazine, May 2014

    Cabinet Office news story

    'Social impact bonds help young people in East London', May 2014

    Sunday Times article

    'Big Society passes first test'

    The Sunday Times, August 2013

    'Training for the real world', Partnership for Change, Oslo, May 2013

    Policy Review TV

    DWP Social Justice Conference,
    October 2012

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