CFL Foundation

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What is the Compass for Life Foundation?

The Education Policy Institute 2020 report states that disadvantaged pupils are on average 18 months behind their peers in academic attainment by the age of 16. At the current rate, the study says it will take 500 years to close the gap. But we’ve made it our mission to do something about this today.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, we’re able to help disadvantaged children and young people to reach their full potential through the Compass for Life Foundation. With a lifelong programme of development and learning that harnesses the power of unbridled imagination, our foundation helps children and young people to make their wildest dreams a reality.

The pure magic of our children’s imaginations should never be underestimated, which is why the very core of our programme is centred around giving young people the tools to articulate their dreams. From here, we help them draw a map that takes them directly to their own Super North Star. By doing this, we give them a compass to navigate their way through the ups and downs of life so they grow into well-rounded adults with a clear sense of self and purpose.

With your donations, we’re able to empower teachers, youth workers and mentors with the tools they need to help us on this journey.

Floyd Woodrow at school session

“Floyd Woodrow’s Compass for Life is a beautifully simple idea”

Dr Roger Bretherton, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Lincoln.

Multi Academy Trust (MAT)

  • The vision for the Trust: “Our vision is to be a Trust where hearts and minds connect; values-driven partners who work collaboratively to provide a high-quality and inclusive education that impacts positively on our young people. We are on a mission to improve their life chances, challenging social disadvantage and championing inclusion. We believe in equipping our young people with the knowledge, skills, and qualities to be successful in learning, life, and work…”

“Compass gives meaning to school, and shows the children there is a goal at the end of it.

Suzanne Best Headteacher – Kingshill School

Our Trustees

  • Becky Short

    Rebecca Short


    Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank and Chief Transformation Officer since May 1, 2021. She previously spent almost six years within Finance as Head of Group Planning & Performance Management from August 2015. She joined on its graduate programme in Auckland in 1998. She moved to London in 2000 with Credit Risk Management where she spent 12 years, latterly as European Head of Corporates. She then set up a new Risk-wide team, Strategic Risk Analysis & Reporting, in 2012 before moving to a senior central management role in Audit in 2013 where she spent two years. She is passionate about helping disadvantaged children and bridging the education gap around the world.

  • Amanda Gourbault

    Amanda Gourbault


    Amanda Gourbault is a British business woman, born in London, living in Paris and working in New York. She has been working in the payments and security industry for the past 25 years. She has worked across the globe, running Global Accounts, heading up North America and South America for a global industry player, before taking the head of the Financial Institutions Division. In this role she managed 2600 people, 32 factories around the world, product development and sales and marketing for a 1billion dollar business. Recently took on the role of Chief Revenue Officer for Composecure, the world leader in metal payment cards.

  • Roger Lewis

    Roger Lewis


    Roger Lewis is a British business leader born in Wales. He has considerable experience as an independent non- executive chair and director across a range of private, public, and charitable sectors. Roger holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Nottingham and South Wales, Fellowships from Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Spencer John


    Spencer John has worked in the financial services sector for the past 25 years. Across this time he has lived in Asia, US and UK, and worked in leadership roles for global international investment banks and Big4 consulting firms. His areas of focus are anti-financial crime, risk and control across the banking sector. Since 2017 Spencer has also built up a portfolio of non-executive / advisory positions; including with UK Government, Welsh Government and separately, establishing a boutique advisory firm with seven other partners that operates across UK Government in the UK and with private sector in the Middle East. He holds a BEng Electronic Engineering from Warwick University, MSc International Governance and Diplomacy from Loughborough University and is currently a Doctoral researcher pursuing a PhD looking into novel ways to measure corporate power to provide useful insights for economic warfare purposes.

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