Sam Olsen – CEO

Sam joined Movement to Work in February 2020, coming in as an experienced Whitehall senior civil servant where she held the position, Deputy Director for Social Work Reform within the Department for Education (DfE) driving two major workforce reforms. She also chaired the department’s disability group, championing inclusion and diversity across the department. She was previously Deputy Director of the Business Partnerships team in the Cabinet Office with oversight of private sector engagement across a range of Prime Ministerial priority policy areas.

Before that, Sam was Director of Strategy and Development at St Christopher’s Fellowship where she had lead responsibility for developing fundraising, marketing and communications strategies which would support the delivery of a sustainable future for the organisation. Previously, Sam spent 10 years working with Virgin Atlantic – highlights including the start-up of Virgin Nigeria whilst living in Lagos as the VAA Country Manager and developing a Multi-National Sales team.

She is a keen skier and a passionate supporter of her kids playing rugby, cricket and hockey. On weekends, Sam loves to cook for her friends and family.

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