John Craven

John Craven


John has been actively involved in social mobility since founding the successful Cambridge University Shadowing Scheme in 1999. Since he joined upReach as CEO in January 2016, the charity has tripled in size. upReach supports less-advantaged students to develop key employability skills and secure top graduate jobs, providing a personalised, comprehensive and impactful programme of support in close partnership with employers, universities and the third sector. Prior to joining upReach, John spent 11 years in investment banking, and as a Lead Practitioner, taught Maths and Economics in state and independent schools.

Analyse with sector leaders how to develop practical and measurable solutions to advance the employability of students and how to design a successful employability strategy

  • Analysing how to develop strategies utilising a whole-institution approach to support the success of students and graduates
  • Discussing what new strategies need to be implemented to support graduates for longer, throughout the duration of the New Graduate Outcomes Survey
  • Evaluating strategies for engaging underrepresented and widening participation students through career development initiatives
  • Sharing examples of best practice which have transformed employability strategies and created more career opportunities for students