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High Tide Foundation welcomes Joanna Friday on board

A charity has made a new appointment to continue its community work.

High Tide Foundation, an organisation dedicated to offering young people industry-led, life-changing career experiences, has appointed Joanna Friday to the role of education and programme co-ordinator.

She will be responsible for designing, organising and evaluating the programmes that the Foundation delivers.

With more than ten years’ experience in the education industry, the qualified teacher will be an invaluable link between education and industry, supporting young people with advice and guidance to raise awareness of the breadth of opportunities available to them.

Billingham-born Joanna previously moved away from the region to start her own business but returned last year after missing the area.

She said: “My husband and I have longed to be living back home for years and I am excited to be back.

“This role is an opportunity to work with an organisation that has a real impact and drives change; I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it.”

With her experience in the education sector, Joanna is perfectly placed to support Tees Valley schools in meeting Gatsby benchmarks – specific requirements set out by the Government to ensure children leave school well-prepared for a career and the world of work – while also working with businesses to inspire and develop their future workforce.

Lauren Bywater, High Tide’s general manager, said: “Joanna has all the skills I was looking for and will be an invaluable member of the team.

“The education system is a very specific niche, so for her to have that existing knowledge is great.

“It’s fantastic to have her on board and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for High Tide.”