The Foyer Federation confirms with deep regret and great sadness that previous CEO Jane Slowey CBE passed away on Saturday 7th October surrounded by close family and friends.

After 13 years at the helm of the Foyer Federation, Jane retired at the beginning of 2017 to spend more time with her family. She was highly respected and well liked throughout the Foyer network and was at the forefront of the Foyer Federation’s Advantage Thinking and Trust Youth delivery.

The news of her passing comes as quite a shock, particularly as Jane recently enjoyed a delightful summer holiday in Italy with family. Jane had cancer, which took a sudden and aggressive decline over the last few weeks.

The Foyer Federation’s CEO Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa said, “Jane was a true change agent and led the Foyer Federation over a 13-year period with real vigour. During this period the organisation grew in influence and reputation in benefiting young people and supporting them to thrive in society. Our staff team and board of trustees will dearly miss Jane. Our thoughts and condolences are with Jane’s family at this challenging time.”

Jane Slowey

Jane Slowey was Chief Executive of the Foyer Federation between September 2004 – February 2017.

She had extensive experience of both the Third sector and of government at local, regional and national level and contributed to the development of public policy right across government. Jane was Chair of Skills – Third Sector, a national charity that champions skills development among volunteers and paid staff in voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises and was Vice Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) for six years. Jane was a member of the first Birmingham University Policy Commission, which produced a report on the future of local public services.

Jane spent six years as Chief Executive of Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), one of the largest Councils for Voluntary Service in the country. She was a member of the City Strategic Partnership.  She represented the voluntary and community sector on the West Midlands Regional Assembly where, as Vice Chair, she worked closely local authority and business representatives to raise the profile of the region and its economic and social contribution.  Jane was an elected member of Birmingham City Council for eight years. She chaired the Community Affairs Committee, served on the Housing and Economic Development Committees and made a significant contribution to the development of the City Council’s devolution policy in the 1990s.  

Jane was awarded the CBE for services to disadvantaged young people in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours list and received honorary degrees from Newman University College and Birmingham University. She enjoyed singing in the Parliament Choir.