Blue Sky grew from a concept of Mick May’s and was formally incorporated in 2005 with the sole aim of creating jobs for people coming out of jail. Since then it has employed and helped to resettle over 1,000 ex-offenders – roughly the population of a large prison – and the re-offending rate of Blue Sky employees is just 15%, a quarter of the national average.
Mick (a former City banker) set up Blue Sky after meeting Steve Finn (a former bank robber) who told him how difficult it was to find a job with a criminal record. With Steve (now a senior manager at Blue Sky) as his first recruit, Mick set off on a journey that has seen Blue Sky grow to create jobs for ex-offenders in both public and private sectors, including companies such as Amey, Veolia, Virgin Active, River Island, Nabarro and Deloitte. Blue Sky has won numerous awards including a UK Social Enterprise Award in 2011 and 2013, and was also No. 10’s Social Action Partner in 2011. David Cameron once famously quipped: “it’s the only company in the country where you need a criminal record to work there”.
With the merger with RAPt as his latest achievement Mick took the opportunity to step down as CEO from Blue Sky with effect from February 2015. 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. He is also pursuing other charitable activities.