"I wanted to do something positive and practical for young people who want to work. In the short time I have worked alongside recruiters to build Opera, I have been totally blown away by their energy, enthusiasm and generosity. I see an industry made up of thousands of individuals who spend every day helping people find work and I believe that if we can harness that collective power, we can make a tangible and lasting difference to thousands of young people who deserve our support."
"I am a freelance FD with specific expertise within fast growth, rapidly changing businesses within the recruitment sector. In addition, as MD of Aristar Financial Consulting - an outsourced finance business focussing on the SME recruitment market, my whole team are generously donating their time and skills to run Opera's finance department because we all share a passion for doing more to support young people."
"Having spent my entire adult life working in and around the recruitment industry I have to say am immensely proud to be a part of it. I truly believe the collective power of the recruitment industry can take ownership of OPERA and the opportunity it presents to tackle youth unemployment head on. Giving young people the inspiration they need to transform their own lives."
"I am the founder of Roxbury Consulting, a specialist in assisting small businesses effect ambitious growth plans. I am delighted to be working with OPERA and Esther. OPERA has the unique ability to connect the recruitment industry to those that need their services the most. They have the opportunity to make a real impact on the outlook for young people globally."
"I've spent a large part of my career working in the third sector supporting and running services for some of the most vulnerable people in society. I have seen first hand the impact that a poor start and lack of opportunity can have on young people. What attracts me to OPERA is it brings together the best of what recruitment and youth charities have to offer, on the premise that working together we can have greatest impact and change young people's lives for the better."
"It's a privilege to work with Esther and the team at OPERA. I'm passionate about the provision of education for all children, but often, that education doesn't lead to success as young people, often through no fault of their own, falter when taking their first steps along a career path. Contributing to the core team's daily efforts to improve the prospects of young people, is time and effort well spent."