About us

We have a vision to improve employment chances for people with barriers to employment. Our focus is on Employment, Education and Enterprise, and we harness the skills and expertise of our workforce, our clients and our supply chain to support people of all backgrounds towards improved career chances.


528 events

in over 380 different schools


Business Challenge Day's run in prisons throughout the UK


People with barriers to employment gained work, via the R2W Programme run across 6 Cities


Students supported


People approaching release from prison introduced to local employers


Volunteering days

The Mitie Foundation team

Alexia Tsalkitzoglou
Alexia Tsalkitzoglou

Employability Projects Manager

Lexi has been working for the Mitie Foundation since May 2015 having previously worked in Welfare2Work and sales roles, including recruitment. Along with supporting candidates from a range of backgrounds, she has a vested interest in the work Mitie is doing with the Armed Forces Covenant. Alexia.Tsalkitzoglou@mitie.com


Paddy Stanley
Paddy Stanley

Head of the Mitie Foundation

After working in mechanical engineering for 27 years, Paddy joined Mitie in 2005 as National Contract Manager. During the next ten years he progressed via roles in energy and mobilisation to become Business Performance Director. Throughout this time he always volunteered in schools and communities to inspire young people to widen their career choices, so becoming the Head of the Mitie Foundation in 2016 was a natural progression. Since then the Foundation has focused on those furthest from the job market, particularly people with convictions and people with disabilities, receiving recognition across the UK as a positive supporter of social mobility.



Rea Dunn
Rea Dunn

Employability Co-ordinator

Rea Joined Mitie in 2017, and initially worked as a planner for the Midlands.

Having previously worked in recruitment and sales she was keen to volunteer on one of the Ready2Work Programmes that was running In Manchester. Here, her interest in the Mitie Foundation grew, and she realised she could make a real change through the Foundation and helping those facing Barriers to work.



James Kidby
James Kidby

Employment Manager

James joined Mitie as Operations Manager on the Lloyds Account in May 2015, before going on to join the Mitie Foundation.  He brings with him over 12 years’ experience of supporting people to overcome substantial barriers.  Acquired from previous employment with the HMP Prison Service, Welfare2work sector and a homeless hostel. James.Kidby@mitie.com

Stephen Barthorpe
Stephen Barthorpe

Head of Community Engagement

Stephen joined Mitie 12 years ago as Corporate Responsibility Manager and in 2013 Stephen joined the Mitie Foundation as Head of Community Engagement, focusing on co-ordinating the employee volunteering programme and maintaining links with the many schools, academies, colleges and prisons that the Foundation supports. Stephen.Barthorpe@mitie.com



The Foundation is always happy to receive support, whether that is your time, expertise or via fundraising activity. Any money raised by can be earmarked to support a particular project or group of people with barriers to employment.

Our employment business partners

The Mitie Foundation is an independent charity, limited by guarantee and incorporated in England and Wales. The Directors, for the purpose of company law, are also trustees for the purpose of charity law. The Foundation was incorporated on 15 June 2012, registered as a charity on 6 September 2012 and began its activities on 1 April 2013. Company registration number: 08107587  Charity registration number: 1148858