Frank Lord is Trustee and is Chair of First Steps ED and joined the board in 2012.

Frank’s experience covers serving as executive chairman and non executive directors of national organisations and SME boards across the private, public and voluntary sectors. These have included the board of the BBC Corporation where Frank steered education policy. Frank’s early career was shaped in the retail sector working through to become a Group Managing Director for a large automotive business and today Frank is retained by major motor manufactures as an independent director for their retail networks.

His main passion is people, particularly the development of people to help them reach their full potential and deal with whatever barriers stop them from realising this. Frank has received National recognition for the work he has done including invitations to No 10 and giving evidence at select committees.

Giving young people the best start in life remains Frank's mission, as Chairman of the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership their work is undertaken with schools to help young people make the right career choices through over 700 business Ambassadors who volunteer in schools to help and inspire young people hone skills to prepare for the world of work.

As a Samaritan volunteer for many years Frank has had the privilege of working with people who really do care about others so he was delighted to be able to have this involvement with First Steps as a Trustee and currently our Chair.

'I have the great fortune to be blessed with a wonderful family who put up with all my failings. My love is to keep fit, keep riding my Harley-Davidson, but known for my sense of humour a 3 wheeler Reliant Robin is kept on the drive for back up in the bad weather as we get plenty of that in the Peak District where I live'.