Emerging Futures pays tribute to outgoing CEO

An image of Ray Jenkins in a navy blue tee shirt sat on a park bench outside on a sunny day.
Written by Emerging Futures

Grateful for the expertise and professionalism of Emerging Futures’ founder

Emerging Futures has paid a special tribute to outgoing Chief Executive Ray Jenkins, thanking him for his inspirational leadership and huge achievements over the past ten years.

£14 million turnover

Ray jointly founded Emerging Futures in 2014 with colleague Damian Grainer. In the last decade, he has grown the organisation to a turnover of £11 million, which is projected to reach £14m within the next 12 months.

EF’s workforce now exceeds 270 staff and volunteers with outstanding expertise based on lived experience; a quality that Ray has been determined to nurture and maintain.

Recovery Academy approach

Under Ray’s leadership, Emerging Futures has developed high-quality, effective housing and substance misuse treatment services, supported by strong governance frameworks, financial stability and robust data collection and impact analysis. More than 800 people have now graduated through its unique accredited coach training, which supports former service users to transition into volunteer roles, and part- and full-time employment pathways that help them sustain lasting change.

Foundations of Recovery

Ray began his career with SARO (which later became CRI), and was instrumental in growing its turnover from £400k to £220 million, in its latest incarnation as Change Grow Live.  While at SARO he developed the UK’s first arrest referral scheme, advised on the Government’s first UK 10 Year Drug Strategy, attained an MBA and wrote the Foundations of Recovery programme, which is now used as the basis of all psycho-social treatment interventions by Emerging Futures and Change Grow Live.

Shared values

Commenting on his time as Chief Executive, Ray said:

“It has been a privilege to lead Emerging Futures and I am so proud of what we have built together. I leave behind a team of passionate, competent, and talented people who are driven by a shared set of values to do their very best for the people we serve.

I have seen so many people grow, achieve, and take their rightful place in society, which is so rewarding and the very reason why we all do this work. I want to thank everyone who has given so much of themselves to build this fantastic organisation and I am delighted to pass its leadership to Claire Bloor, who I am confident will take Emerging Futures forward in new and exciting ways.”

Three decades working in drug and alcohol services

Ray’s own lived experience of addiction treatment services and homelessness has given him a unique perspective over the last 30 years.

Hear him share his story, from sleeping in the subway of Elephant & Castle underground station to leading Emerging Futures as the Chief Executive Officer.