Justin Cooke

Chief Content & Partnerships Officer, FutureLearn

Biography

Justin Cooke is Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn. Prior to taking up this role, Justin was a non-executive Director of FutureLearn for over 5 years and was Deputy Chair of the FutureLearn Board prior to the SEEK investment in April 2019.

In this new role as Chief Content and Partnerships Officer, Justin will lead all content and partnership activity, building a content-led operation which grows and deepens our global partnerships to provide a world-class portfolio of content targeted at in-demand jobs and global skills gaps.

He has a strong media, marketing and technology background with a great track-record of scaling up digital businesses. He studied Drama at the University of Manchester before embarking upon a career with the BBC, Universal Music and United News and Media. He founded global digital agency Fortune Cookie in 1997, which he grew to 250 people and $30 million in revenue before selling to WPP in 2012. Along the way, he sat on the Board of Episerver, was Chair of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) for 5 years, and served on the Advertising Association’s leadership council.

Since 2015, Justin has been an investor and adviser to numerous fast-growth, technology businesses at Northzone which was recently ranked the world’s 5th best performing venture capital investor. For the past two years, he has also been Vice Chair of Unicef UK, a member of the Digital Advisory Board to the GREAT Britain campaign and sits on the Advisory Board of The British Museum among several other directorships.

Additionally, Justin has been listed in the Wired Top 100; rated the UK’s second most influential person in digital by Econsultancy; inducted into the British Digital Hall of Fame and most recently, Business Insider ranked him as one of the “coolest tech investors in the UK”.