Graeme Smith

Commercial and Finance Director

Graeme is a Chartered Management Accountant who joined Inspiring Futures when it became part of the GTI family in 2015, initially as Head of Finance and as of January 2018 in the role of Commercial Finance Director. Prior to joining GTI he worked for 19 years in various senior Finance and IT roles for Oxford Instruments, the leading provider of scientific equipment to Industry and HEIs. The previous CEO of Inspiring Futures, Virginia Isaac describes Graeme as ‘not your typical accountant’ as his experience goes much wider than Finance.

As we look to integrate Inspiring Futures services into the GTI portfolio, and in particular in relation to bringing together TARGETcareers and Futurewise, Graeme’s experience makes him well suited to leading this development.

Outside of work, Graeme has a passion for helping young people and currently leads a Wallingford based youth group. He takes a keen interest in helping young people with special needs and has experienced education within both the independent and state sectors. His own secondary school in Luton has been accepted onto the newly launched National School Careers Award Scheme but his daughters attended a local independent school in South Oxfordshire.

Sarah Frend

Executive Director

Sarah has been with Inspiring Futures since 2002, most recently working as the Area Director for the North, East, South West and Wales. Prior to that she was the Regional Director in the Midlands and the Professional Development Manager. She is a qualified Careers Adviser with a teaching qualification and has worked in the UK and overseas with careers services, in adult education and at a boarding school. Educated at schools in both London and on the West Coast of Scotland, then at the University of Aberdeen, Sarah has a keen awareness of all the UK educational systems.

Sarah is dedicated to helping young people to aspire and achieve their potential in whichever direction they desire. With three grown-up sons of her own who have found their ambitions she empathises with anyone making educational and work decisions as the options are considerable. Young people need both self awareness and opportunity awareness along with a good deal of resilience to make the most of all which is on offer. Therefore, the unique blend of IF guidance and experiences along with with GTI knowledge and contacts works well.

Outside work Sarah follows creative pursuits with her stained glass, photography and cooking including having hens in the garden. They are the ultimate way to relax and meditate over the next innovation to bring to Inspiring Futures.

Emma-Marie Fry

Area Director London, South East & South West

Emma has 15 years' experience of Careers Guidance and Careers Education within schools, colleges and higher education. She has also worked in IT and Television. As a qualified guidance practitioner, Emma has worked with undergraduates and postgraduates in a range of university faculties, as well as managing teams within the field of Careers Guidance. Emma has a degree in Anthropology and History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance joining Inspiring Futures in 2010.

Kate Coles

Area Director North, East and Wales

After 3 years of general school careers work with Solihull Careers Service, Kate joined Hereford and Worcester Careers Service to specialise in Post-16 Career Guidance. Kate took the opportunity to live in Australia for 2 years to enter Fundraising Management for Save the Children Queensland before returning to the UK and working within Marketing for Save the Children UK, Cancer Research UK and then Deafblind UK as an Events Manager. Kate has a Degree in Social Policy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance returning to career guidance in 2011 when she joined Inspiring Futures.

Margaret Graham

Area Director Scotland and International

Margaret started working as a Careers Adviser in Stirling in 1991 and over the next18 years moved within the Careers Service as it went through various re-organisations, including the creation of a national service (Careers Scotland) in 2002. Her career developed to include the management of national products and services including the Exam Results Helpline. A project which involved partnership working with a range of bodies including UCAS, BBC and the SQA. Margaret has a Masters in History and Sociology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance joining IF in 2010.