Stewart Furness

Finance Controller

Stewart is currently in his final year studying Bsc (Hons) Business Management degree and joined Youthforce in October 2016 to support the Operations team. With a background in administration and customer service in the banking industry, he now works with both the Finance and Operations teams to support the day to day running and development of Youthforce.

Outside of Youthforce, Stewart enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports and has an interest in Ancient History, having recently travelled to Cairo and hopes to travel more soon!



What’s it like to work at Youthforce?

“I have been the Financial controller at Youthforce for a year now, managing all the financial aspects of the business, including forecasting and supporting strategic decisions. There are basic financial requirements and more strategic jobs, including: invoices, wages, expenses, strategic jobs, planned expenditure, forecasting, research projects, and strategy. I also support the Operations team. The main aspect of the job that I enjoy is the responsibility and being involved in a developing business. It’s good to be able to make a difference and help shape our future. I prefer to work in the office because of the atmosphere; it’s a chilled out and happy place to be.

My journey with Youthforce so far has been interesting and eye-opening. I’m not from an apprenticeship background so I’ve been exposed to different practices. It’s challenging but I enjoy that; it would be boring without it. I’m currently studying a management accounting course and will complete this in 6 months.

The CEO Charlotte is what inspired me to start working at Youthforce, she asked me to help out here and I joined. Her passion and enthusiasm is stronger than any other person I’ve worked under. If you work for someone like that then you will be successful, as long as you put the work in. I really enjoy being a part of it.

The culture at Youthforce is inclusive and mutually supportive. The team works well and are always happy to help out. Staff members are happy to take on responsibility, knowing there’s always support if they need it. The leadership style is positive, supportive of personal development and they really care about the industry and the business.”

– Stewart Furness