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John Craven, former Director of the UK’s Social Mobility Commission and current Executive Officer of System 2, on driving social mobility

John Craven, former Director of the UK’s Social Mobility Commission and current Executive Officer of System 2 – a registered charity in Australia – explores social mobility from numerous angles, including education, employability, social networks and intergenerational dynamics.


Among the various insights discussed, we explore how the school readiness gaps successfully tackled during children’s early years can widen again in primary and secondary education.


We also look at social mobility from a corporate angle and explore what companies can do in their recruitment and internal audits to ensure excellence not just in recruitment but also throughout career progression.


This is a highly informative episode for anyone who cares about social mobility.


About John Craven


John is a senior leader with CEO/Director level experience across the charity, education, government and banking sectors.


Before joining System 2, he was Director of the Social Mobility Commission, where he led a team of 20 within the U.K. Cabinet Office carrying out research and promoting social mobility.


From 2016-2022, John was CEO of upReach, a social mobility charity that supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to secure professional jobs. During his tenure as CEO, upReach received a Queens Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity, and won Charity of the Year at both the Charity Times Awards and the Third Sector Awards.


Previously, after graduating with an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge, John worked in investment banking for 11 years and as a teacher.


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