Springboard for Children

Springboard for Children

Springboard for Children believes every child has the right to a fair chance of future success.

Founded in and 1992 and celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Springboard provides one-to-one literacy teaching for children and young people who struggle with learning to read, write, speak and listen.

They only work one-to-one, they always work in partnership with schools and they remain focused on working with children who need their help the most. They are also very successful, in the last academic year alone; Springboard’s Expert tuition programme closed the reading age gap for pupils from 17 months behind to where they should be at their chronological age.

Chief Executive

Following the relocation of their previous CEO to the North of England and the appointment of the senior management team to lead the organisation for an interim period, Springboard now had an ambition to improve public knowledge and understanding of springboard and its impact and to increase its reach.

To achieve this ambition, they were looking for an individual with the ability to lead the charity through its rebrand and internal transformation, enhancing the charity’s impact and profile, locally, regionally and nationally; and the gravitas to engage credibly with a wide range of stakeholders, advise trustees on the strategic direction of the charity and the drive to significantly enhance their fundraising capability.

Following an extensive national search, Matthew Hickey, the Director of Marketing, Communications and Development for the Social Interest Group, was appointed in February 2017.

With over 15 years’ experience in various roles in private, public and third sector organisations; Matthew’s strengths include repositioning organisations in the market place and building brands with strong reputation.

Matthew also has a wide range of experience in health, professional services, finance, sport, and from a range of projects, including education (HE, FE and schools), lifelong learning (skills and vocational qualifications) and society (youth).