Our History

mick_mayBlue Sky grew from a concept of Mick May’s and was formally incorporated in 2005 with the sole aim of creating jobs for people coming out of jail. Mick (a former City banker) set up Blue Sky after meeting Steve Finn (a former bank robber) who told him how difficult it was to find a job with a criminal record. Mick named Blue Sky from a line in one of his favourite poems.

“I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky”
The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde

With Steve (now a senior manager at Blue Sky) as his first recruit, Mick set off on a journey that has seen Blue Sky grow to create jobs for ex-offenders in both public and private sectors, including companies such as Amey, Veolia, Virgin Active, River Island, Nabarro and Deloitte. Mick May stepped down as CEO of Blue Sky in 2015 but remains involved as a proud Patron.

Awards and Endorsements


In 2014, Blue Sky became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the The Forward Trust (then RAPt – Registered Charity No. 1001701, Registered Company No. 2560474). In 2017 RAPt and Blue Sky merged under the new name The Forward Trust. For more information about Forward please visit their website. Forward is seeking to develop employment pathways from custody to community to support offenders in recovery from addiction (who are further away from the labour market and at higher risk of re-offending).

Reports & Accounts

Annual Report & Accounts 2012

Annual Report & Accounts 2013

Annual Report & Accounts 2014

Annual Report & Accounts 2015

Annual Report & Accounts 2016