Chris Blackwell, Entrust CEO in Capita Local Public Services

Get to know the Capita Local Public Services team, this time with Chris Blackwell, Entrust's CEO

Entrust – an education and skills provider – is our joint venture with Staffordshire County Council, and aims to transform the services available to schools, as well as facilitating support and the sharing of best practice across the UK.
Tell us about your role at Capita Local Public Services?

Entrust is a joint venture between Capita and Staffordshire County Council that delivers support services in the education and skills sectors. There is a great team in place and I see my role as supporting the team to be its very best.  My role is mainly split across the following areas: driving the growth strategy, working with my team to ensure we deliver against our business plan objectives, handling the strategic partnership with our joint venture partner Staffordshire County Council, and working alongside my colleagues across Capita Local Pubic Services to identify opportunities to work together.

What is your biggest success or proudest moment at Capita?

I have only been in post for three months, so hopefully my biggest success lies in the future.  In the short time I have been in post I have already become incredibly proud of the passion of the team within Entrust and of the positive impact we have on the lives of thousands of children and young people.

If you could describe Capita in three words, what would it be?

Diverse, focused, fast.

What do you like most about your role?

Getting to be part of an organisation that makes a positive contribution to people’s lives.

Tell us something people might not know about Capita Local Public Services?

We deliver swimming lessons, music teaching and outdoor education experiences for school children in Staffordshire.

Over to you…
When you were a child, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

A lawyer.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spend time with my family, play football, manage my fantasy football team, and enjoy food and wine, both cooking and trying as many new restaurants as possible – although with a young family that is a lot less these days!

If you had to eat just one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Sushi

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?

The meaning of life is to be happy and useful.

Tell us something people might not know about you

I spent nine months in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India when I was 18.

Entrust making a difference to children, young people and schools

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The Council and Capita have created a joint venture brimming with innovative ideas and practical solutions and, four years on, there are real results and positive feedback from both schools and parents. At a time when school budgets are in the spotlight, Entrust is a ground-breaking move that is making a true difference to children and young people – and delivering long-term economic and financial benefits.

John Tradewell Director of strategy, governance and change, Staffordshire County Council

Entrust: Inspiring futures through outcomes-focussed partnerships

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The Council and Capita have created a joint venture brimming with innovative ideas and practical solutions and, two and a half years on, there are real results and positive feedback from both schools and parents. At a time when school budgets are in the spotlight, Entrust is a ground-breaking move that is making a true difference to children and young people – and delivering long-term economic and financial benefits.

John Tradewell, Director of Democracy, Law and Transformation, Staffordshire County Council

Volunteering at our Sheffield Partnership

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Your staff have been absolutely fantastic this year with our children. It has been great for the children to see a familiar smiling face arrive every week for their dedicated reading time

Cheryl Deakin, teacher at Wybourn Primary, Sheffield