Who We Are

meet the team of FUTURE TALENT & social mobility experts that drive our mission


Our mission – to create incredible careers for everyone – guides every decision we make.

The Ladder Group's three values – 'Informed by purpose', 'On it' and 'Why so serious?' – reflect our commitment to our mission, our dedication to excellence, and our open, collaborative approach.

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Dan, CEO of Ladder Group

Our Story

In 2020, our founder, Dan, identified a problem in early careers recruitment - organisations were looking for skills, but hiring for backgrounds.

In 2021, he founded The Early Careers Company and The Early Careers Foundation - to help businesses find diverse emerging talent and to ensure young people from all backgrounds had the knowledge and financial means to secure great first jobs.

In 2023, Ladder Consulting was founded out of client demand to use our deep social mobility and inclusion expertise to develop workplace equity and community engagement initiatives.

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mentoring programme Participants

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6-month retention of future talent

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Our impact

With a dedicated team of 35, we've empowered clients worldwide to discover exceptional emerging talent, deliver on their ESG ambitions, and engender diversity in their workforces.

We've also supported businesses globally to advance social mobility through their local communities, as well as our charity's nationwide network of 60+ UK school partners.

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What people say about us

The Early Careers Company team managed our early careers advertising, attraction and recruitment across Europe and couldn’t have done a better job. They provided a flawless customer experience for myself and the team, hiring over 100 people into our organisation and significantly levelling up our socioeconomic and ethnic diversity.

Michael Laws
Michael Laws
Head of People & Talent, Pleo

Working with the Ladder Consulting team has been fantastic! We brought them on board as experts to create inclusive development frameworks for our head office - they use the very best of behavioural science and data analysis to be able to understand the DNA of your people, and are pioneers in this space.

Dan Curtis
Dan Curtis
Head of Talent, Travelodge Hotel Group

We partnered with Ladder Consulting to create a returnship for mothers from low-income backgrounds, and a European mentoring programme for young people. It is a pleasure to work with them in how they treat you; having them deliver impactful work makes our ESG strategy and roadmap credible to the business.

Chiara Galli
Chiara Galli
EMEA HR Director, Puig

The Early Careers Company played a key role in helping us set up our graduate programme, running assessment days, and handling marketing and candidate relationships. Throughout our partnership, we really appreciated how responsive the project team was – they were quick to listen to our feedback and answer any questions we had. The quality of the graduate candidates was exceptional and that was all down to ECC for getting to know our business, people, values and vision.

Sarah Yorston
Sarah Yorston
People & Culture Director, Everflow

Being a part of The Early Careers Foundation's trailblazing mentoring programme has meant that seventeen British Airways colleagues have been able to share their lived experiences and wisdom, supporting the education of their mentees on skills, career paths and more.

Sam McGrane
Sam McGrane
Emerging Talent Partner

I would wholeheartedly recommend The Early Careers Foundation to any school. Their team make the students feel comfortable, supported and engaged – the assemblies they delivered were exceptional – and you can tell that they sincerely care about the students and bringing about meaningful change by enabling social mobility.

Angela Judd
Angela Judd
Higher Education & Careers Officer, Mossbourne Community Academy
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Creating Careers, Delivering Excellence,

Driving Change.

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