David Allison


David is the Co-Founder and CEO of GetMyFirstJob Limited. He is passionate about improving access to opportunities for young people and helping business access the next generation of talent.

Following a career with Ford where, after a number of roles from advanced product development to European product planning, he discovered his passion for organisational and people development. David was instrumental in setting up and running Ford’s partnership with Loughborough University and was Director of the Henry Ford College.

Having gained an MBA, David left Ford to focus on Learning and Development. Following a number of senior roles at specialist training and L&D businesses, he co-founded GetMyFirstJob in 2011.

David has served as a Trustee / NED of NCFE, one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, and was designated a National Leader of Governance in 2014 following his work with schools. He remains a visiting lecturer at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.

John Parkes

Strategic Partnership Director

John is the Co-Founder and Strategic Partnership Director of GetMyFirstJob. He has been involved in the Skills and Work Based Learning sector for the majority of his career across a wide range of sectors.

As a highly-experienced sales and marketing professional, John was instrumental in establishing the philosophy behind GetMyFirstJob as a solution for training providers and colleges, to help them deliver high level of services to employers. By understanding the real needs of employers – large and small – John’s experience in Sales and Marketing lead directly to the creation of both and TheTalentPortal.

As Strategic Partnership Director, John leads the team that works directly with both National and Regional Government and their Agencies, as well as GetMyFirstJob’s partner organisations, such as YEUK, the National Careers Service and other careers and industry bodies.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE

Non-Executive Director

Kirstie is a Director of GetMyFirstJob Ltd. She is also the Managing Director of City & Guilds and leads the City & Guilds qualification, assessment and education services. This includes working across colleges, training providers and a wide variety of stakeholders.

Kirsty joined City & Guilds Group in 2011 and within her MD responsibilities she plays a major role in overseeing the City & Guilds apprenticeships offer. Kirstie set up the City & Guilds Group’s Industry Skills Board in 2014, bringing together a range of employers and sectors to inform the development of a quality model for apprenticeship reforms.

Kirsty has previously worked in other sectors covering E-learning, video arts and digital consultancy. Her previous companies include Video Arts, Learndirect and Manchester Training Education Council.

In June 2011 Kirsty received an MBE for contributions to e-learning in the FE/adult learning sector.

Nathan Elstub

Non-Executive Director

Nathan is a Director of GetMyFirstJob Ltd. He is also Chief Investment Officer for Nesta which he joined in 2015. He has overall responsibility for the organisation’s investment activities.

Nathan has been involved in venture capital and private equity investment in high growth businesses for almost 20 years and has successfully backed companies in a wide range of sectors from startup stage through to buy-outs. Originally an engineer, Nathan is a Chartered Accountant and previously worked at Arthur Andersen, Barclays Private Equity and Social Finance.

Nathan is also an advisory board member and founder mentor of Emerge Education, a leading edtech accelerator, on the investment committee of the Shared Lives impact investment fund, an active business angel and non-executive director of a number of businesses.

Bill Thomas

Non-Executive Chair

Bill is a Director of GetMyFirstJob Ltd and chairs the Board. He currently holds several other Board positions including My Family Care (WorkFamily services) and Onesource Virtual (Business-Process as a Service provider).

Bill is a motivated, entrepreneurial business leader with significant international work and substantial experience in outsourcing, shared services, offshoring and technology. He has successfully completed multiple acquisitions and held numerous board positions. He has operated successfully across a variety of organisations, including NYSE-listed corporations, a Big 4 partnership and venture-backed companies.

Bill led International business units for both the Ceridian Corporation and Fidelity and he was a Partner at EquaTerra, which sold into KPMG for $102 million. He was also an investor and Chief Operating Officer for High Street Partners, acquired by HG Capital in 2014. Currently, he is an investor in and advisor to eNate (Business Process Management software) and Just Accounts.