LUKE RODGERS BEM
Director of Strategy
Luke Rodgers began his career with Foster Focus, an organisation which provides fostering services opportunities to improve services by involving young people.
After inspirational story as a care leaver and building Foster Focus had seen him winning multiple awards for his work, the ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence Award’ in 2015 from the National Diversity Awards, the ’Young Social Entrepreneur Award’ in 2014 from Unltd, ‘Childrens Achievement Award’ in 2013 from Children and Young People Now. In 2017 after the organisations continued success Foster Focus was placed in the top 10 list for the best global companies in ‘youth development’ by The International Youth Foundation.
Whilst at Foster Focus, Luke took the organisation to the USA, Australia, Europe and nationally in the UK, working with leading organisations in the childrens sector such as The Fostering Network, University of Oxfords Rees Centre, The Department for Education and a wide range of Local Authorities and Fostering Agencies.
After the success of Foster Focus, Luke brought his expertise to The Care Leaders and wants to provide more opportunities to young people in care and those leaving. His ambitions are to create a platform for other young people to develop their own social enterprises and use their experiences in care as a driving force to move them forward, not to hold them back.
Most recently Luke was recognised on the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List for the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his commitment to children and families.