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The 10,000 Interns Foundation Welcomes David Hutchison OBE to the Board as Co-Chair and Approaches Milestone of 10,000 Internships

London, May 01, 2024 – The 10,000 Interns Foundation, a pioneering non-profit dedicated to empowering underrepresented students and graduates in the UK, today announces the appointment of David Hutchison as Co-Chair of its Board of Trustees. With a steadfast commitment to social impact, specifically at the intersection of corporate innovation and social responsibility, David brings a wealth of experience, network, and leadership to the Foundation from his Investment Banking career, as first CEO of leading non-profit, Social Finance, and as Chair of 3i.

As the Foundation creates another 2,000 internships this Summer, we are incredibly proud to be just one year away from our original milestone of creating 10,000 internships. With more than 45,000 students and graduates having applied to the programme since 2020 and an employer network of over 700 leading organisations, the Foundation embodies and celebrates the diversity of commitment shown to our mission. David’s appointment proudly acknowledges the consistent need for everyone to commit to a future where our industries reflect the incredible diversity of the UK.

David joins forces with Co-Founder and existing Chair, Wol Kolade: “We are delighted to welcome David Hutchison to our Board of Trustees,” said Wol, “With his exceptional expertise and dedication to our mission, we are confident that David will play a pivotal role in guiding our organisation as we strive to empower even more underrepresented individuals across the UK, achieve our original goal of creating 10,000 internships and look beyond that to launch our long term strategy.”

Rebecca Ajulu-Bushell, CEO of The 10,000 Interns Foundation says “Right now, talent is equally distributed, but opportunity still isn’t, and the best of business is not getting through the doors; David understands that not only does this mean racial wealth gaps and disability employment gaps stay intact, but also that we are missing out on business innovation. He takes this personally and I am so thrilled to have him as my [Co-]Chair, 10,000 internships are just the beginning for us!”

David Hutchison, Co-Chair of The 10,000 Interns Foundation added: “The achievements of the Foundation since it was established are truly remarkable. It is a privilege to be able to support Rebecca and her team deliver on the Foundation’s important mission. By opening up the opportunity for young talent from underrepresented groups to thrive, I am a great believer that businesses can only emerge stronger.”

As the Foundation looks to the future, the organisation remains steadfast in its commitment to opening the doors to opportunity for its bright, young Black talent and continues to support Disabled talent through internships. With our strong Board of Trustees and the milestone of 10,000 internship opportunities within reach, The 10,000 Interns Foundation continues to lead the way in transforming UK workplaces to create equity of opportunity for generations to come.

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Nana Campbell
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The 10,000 Interns Foundation
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About 10,000 Interns Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to championing underrepresented talent at scale. What started as the 100 Black Interns initiative scaled rapidly to create countless opportunities that have empowered talented individuals to launch their careers, overcome barriers, and achieve their full potential. By promoting equity of opportunity and working with over 700 leading organisations across the full spectrum of UK industry, the 10,000 Interns Foundation’s programmes have created 5,000 paid internships for Black students and graduates and​ disabled students and graduates in just 3 years. The Foundation is combining access to industry with training and mentoring opportunities – for the 25,000 students and graduates who have so far come through our programmes – to build a diverse community of talent who will change the face of British business.

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