Blue Sky appoints a new Managing Director20
Kate Markey is Blue Sky’s new Managing Director, starting her role on 20th April 2015. Kate has a long career in social enterprise. She was previously Deputy Chief Executive of the social enterprise support agency CAN, and Managing Director of its social finance intermediary, CAN Invest. She is also a former Editor of The Big Issue in the North, part of The Big Life Group. Kate also sits on the Advisory Council of Big Society Capital and is a Trustee of the national advocacy charity, VoiceAbility.
She says: “I am thrilled to be joining Blue Sky at such an important time in its journey. The social enterprise has achieved much in creating real jobs for people working hard to turn their lives around.”
Blue Sky creates jobs for ex-offenders in a range of industry sectors including grounds maintenance, waste management, distribution, catering and laundry, and works across London, Thames Valley and the South East. The social enterprise recently employed its 1,000th ex-offender on the back of a significant increase in its commercial contracts from clients such as Veolia and Amey. And in October 2014, Blue Sky announced its merger with the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt) to form a union that tackles the interconnected problems of addiction, crime and re-offending.
Kate adds: “Blue Sky has a compelling offer to ex-offenders, to communities and to employers. I look forward to working with the team, board and RAPt to build Blue Sky’s growth and impact.”
Kate replaces Mick May who founded Blue Sky 10 years ago. In 2013 he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer associated with exposure to asbestos. Blue Sky and RAPt retain the benefits of his experience, expertise and many friendships on a non-executive basis as he becomes a Patron. He is also pursuing other charitable activities.