Third Sector Awards 2019: Rising Chief Executive - Joel Davis, Tutors United

For the chief executive who has made an outstanding contribution to their organisation, or the wider sector, during their first two years in post

Joel Davis
Joel Davis

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Who is he?

As a teenager, Joel Davis identified huge inequalities in education for young people from low-income backgrounds like himself. At the age of 14 he tutored his 10-year-old dyslexic cousin and witnessed an astounding improvement, something that would not have been possible without his input because private tuition was not an affordable option. The high costs of university deterred Davis from applying. Instead, at the age of 18 he set up Tutors United, linking university students with primary school pupils from low-income and migrant backgrounds across London and Cambridge.

What has he done for the charity?

Over the past five years, Davis has grown Tutors United into a team of seven full-time staff, employing more than 250 university students and tutoring more than 1,000 primary school pupils from low-income and migrant backgrounds. The charity’s turnover has increased from £77,489 in 2014 to £300,000 in 2019.

What else has he achieved?

Tutors United has signed up 13 of London's biggest housing associations as clients, bringing free tuition to young residents. Davis has been working full time as chief executive of Tutors United while studying business at university, having been able to return to his former dream of higher education. At just 24 years of age, Davis leads the Tutors United team with confidence and wisdom beyond his years and is the embodiment of the charity’s message that, no matter what background a pupil comes from, they can aspire to be great. Through his success, he truly enables every child to succeed. 

Highly commended

Gemma Peters, Bloodwise


Kate Collins, Teenage Cancer Trust

Callum James Dixon, Doncaster Alcohol Services

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