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The Futures Family

The Futures family began trading over 25 years ago and we’ve grown to a thriving team of 50. We’re proud of our family culture built on respect, team work and shared goals.

Our diverse team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We’re real, trustworthy, hard-working and dedicated to achieving the best results for you.



Meet the Team

Tom Ryan

Graduated with 2:1 in Business in 2003, Tom has 15 years’ experience in providing recruitment and resourcing solutions to the public sector. Tom specialises in social care systems and transformation programmes across adults and children’s services, and currently leads Futures public sector team comprising of 16 Consultants and Resourcers across social care transformation, education leadership and digital transformation. Following rapid success Tom moved from consultant to Director level and has been with Futures 15 years, 12 of which as a Director.

Jane Beard

Starting her journey at Futures 3 years ago as a Senior Resourcer, Jane supports the Corporate IT/Digital Transformation, Housing and Social Care systems team. An expert in her market, Jane has 20 years’ experience in the industry.

Outside of work Jane is a mum of three who enjoys netball, languages and attending beer festivals with her fiancée.

Mark Carr

Over the last 5 years Mark has built a wealth of experience across the public and private sector. He joined Futures in 2016 as our Interim Lead for Health & Social Care / Housing & Regeneration. Mark specialises in Local Authority Transformation Programmes from designing and implementing programmes to providing senior management.

Responsible for looking after the Midlands to the South of England, Mark has grown his network of senior and strategic Government contacts.

James Cottam

James joined Futures in June 2018 with over 2 years of experience in the industry. He supports both 1st and 2nd tier local authorities with their consultation, implementation of ICT/Digital Strategy, Transformation and Corporate projects and programmes.

He’s passionate about travel and in his spare time you can find him planning his next adventure.

Ryan Miller

Ryan is an experienced Consultant specialising in Interim Management Recruitment for Local Government. His areas of focus are Commissioning, Transformation and Programme Management across Children’s Services and Adult Social Care. Ryan looks after the North of England, the Midlands and around half of the London Borough’s.

Outside of the office, Ryan juggles his time between his three daughters, early morning gym sessions and attending various Rugby League grounds around the north.

Jonathan Kelsey

Jonny joined Futures as a Resourcer in 2017 covering public sector transformation within Local Government. He specialises in Social Care Systems, Digital Transformation & Information Governance.

Jonny spends his spare time DJ’ing, following Newcastle United and goalkeeping for the works 6-a-side football team.

Hannah McAdam

Hannah joined the team in 2018 after recently graduating with a degree in Psychology. She supports the Housing and Regeneration and Social Care team by providing market leading resources to help our public sector clients achieve their aims.

Outside of work Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Dexter.

Harriet Parker

Harriet is our newest member of the team joining Futures in 2019 as a Resourcer. Educated to degree level in Sociology she is passionate about the Social Care industry. Harriet supports senior and strategic roles for Local Authorities within Health and Social Care.

In her free time Harriet enjoys climbing and exploring new places and cities.

James Brennan

Joining Futures in 2017, James specialises in Social Care Systems and Performance Management. He liaises directly with Local Authorities to maximise their investment in Social Care Systems and reporting on children’s and adult social care data. His expertise has allowed him to deliver numerous timely, efficient and successful Local Government projects.

Tom Liptrot

A highly skilled strategist, business leader and expert in his field, Tom took his previous venture, Esprit People, from a two million pound turnover business to seventeen million in just 13 years. At its height Esprit People had fourteen offices across the UK each run by expert recruiters. Following major success of his work at Esprit People, in 2003 Tom moved on to set up Permanent Futures, a specialist recruitment agency with four niche areas of expertise. Tom is responsible for overall strategy, operations and project/contract management and a strong team of 47 highly skilled staff.

Penny Grattan

Educated to degree level in Events & Marketing with 7 years of experience project managing events and working across marketing campaigns. Penny is highly skilled in events management, content writing, campaign planning and social media and has worked on high profile campaigns for major multinational organisations and SMEs across a range of industries. In her spare time you’ll find Penny training, competing at Crossfit, spending time with her friends or eating Nandos.

Join the Futures Family

Futures is a friendly, forward-thinking and growing recruitment company that’s been around for 25 years. We recognise that it’s our people that make us successful. We’ve created a working environment which celebrates different individual personalities, rewards success, and allows you to make a real difference.



Who we've helped

We are proud to have worked with over 100 local authorities across the UK to help them deliver public sector transformation.