Leadership Fellows’ Profiles

(142) at 26th April 2017


St George’s House, Windsor Castle


We are delighted to set out below summary profiles of our Leadership Fellows:

ABSE, Susanna

Partner, The Balint Consultancy,  providing an innovative mix of consultant services to organisations and individuals  

Co-Founded 2016.   Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.  Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy. Executive Board – British Psychoanalytic Council. Previously Chief Executive, Tavistock Relationships


Vice-President, Fox Entertainment Group, operating through film, TV, broadcast and cable and based in Los Angeles, California

Appointed 2013. Considerable experience in organisational effectiveness, change management, the development of high potentials, curriculum design and programme implementation. Previously Director of Training and Development, Oakwood Worldwide

ADAMS, Peter

Senior Partner, Creatus Engineering Consultants, connecting innovation with engineering across all aspects of building services

Appointed 2014.  Also Partner, UK Renewable Partnership, a renewable energy development company delivering across the renewable spectrum, and owner, Nest Egg Properties

AMESU, Sharon

Director, Life in Colour, personal development consultancy

Established the business in 2014 after 15+ years as a Criminal Barrister. A proven communicator, now developing a range of communication and empowerment programmes within the business and education sectors


Director of Design and User Experience, Moo, an award winning online print business

Appointed August 2016. Extensive speaking commitments. Previously Head of UX at Telegraph Media Group and UX Designer at Government Digital Services, established FTSE 250 member


BAKER, Helen

Chair, Dimensions UK, one of the country’s largest not-for-profits supporting people with learning disabilities and autism

Appointed 2013. Also Co-Founder/ Chair Charityworks; Trustee The Association of Chairs. Previous Board roles include NHS Trusts and Government arms length bodies


CEO, Tavistock Relationships, a leading charity supporting couples, individuals and families

Appointed 2016. Internationally renowned for developing advanced practice, training and research in innovative approaches towards relationship counselling and couples therapy. Previously Director of Clinical Services

BALL, Henry

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Sussex Downs College, the largest further education college in East Sussex 

Appointed 2013.  Together with the CEO, leading a major college-wide change programme.  A former college Principal, then Director for Learning and Skills across the South-East

BARKER, William

Deputy Technology Leader (Cyber Resilience and Strategic Futures) in the Department for Communities and Local Government

Appointed 2015.  Over 25 years experience working across Whitehall on public service reform, digital and cyber agendas.  Visiting Fellow of Brunel University


Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Somerset Care, one of the major care providers in Southern England

Appointed 2015.  Previously Group Head of HR and Training.  Also a Director of Acacia Training & Development and a member of the National Care Forum


Director of Economic Consulting, Quantisi Ltd & Chairman, Smart Societies Ltd

Appointed 2015. Fellow at King’s College London. Visiting scholar of St John’s College, University of Hong Kong. Quantisi Ltd fintech/hedge fund startup CEO

BELL, Stephen

Chief Executive, Changing Lives, providing specialist support for thousands of vulnerable people and their families

Appointed 2001, CEO Cyrenians, trading as Changing Lives.  Awarded OBE for services to homeless people, Sieff Award, business support for communities, Voluntary Sector Entrepreneur of the year


Co-owner, Addison Taylor Fine Jewellery, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, designing fine, custom jewellery for select clientele

Founded the business with her husband, Scott, in 2004. Chief of Marketing Relations, leading their philanthropic arm through their very own “Tree of Life Foundation”


Co-owner and CEO of Addison Taylor Fine Jewellery, setting world class standards with “design that defines”

Founded Addison Taylor with his wife, Marla, in 2004. Master artist and designer for the business, renowned diamond expert and leader in diamond industry for 34 years. Philanthropist


Chief Executive, Hospice UK, a national charity supporting hospice care

Appointed 2016.  Also Board member, The Insolvency Service, the Money Advice Trust and Mid-Bedfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau.  Previously CEO, Association of Police & Crime Commissioners

BOTT, David

Principal Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, supporting companies extract value from academic research

Also NED, Oxford Advanced Surfaces; Chairman, Oxford Biomaterials; previously Director of Innovation Programmes, Technology Strategy Board; Director of Group Technology, ICI; Executive in Courtaulds and BP


Chief Financial Officer,The Training Room, UK’s largest provider of aspirational education & careers

Appointed 2014.  A chartered accountant with significant Board level experience working in manufacturing and service organisations within the construction, technology and consumer goods sectors


Non-Executive Director CS Transform Ltdan authority on internationally recognised transformation standards for Smart Cities

Appointed 2014. Mentor to entrepreneurs developing innovations to improve citizens’ quality of life.  Previously Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions


Serial Ideas Entrepreneur, Creator of ‘The Car Strategy’, offering individuals strategic roadmaps to understand themselves and the world around them

Founded 2009.  Also Campaign Director at The Pledge (2017), a cross-party platform for prison and probation reform.  Previously Founder of multi award-winning Learn2Listen


Director, Culham St Gabriel's Trust, educational work in support of Religious Education through research, development and innovation

Appointed 2011. Religious Education Consultant 2014-2015.  Author of ‘Does religious education have a future?’ published 2012. Also Curriculum policy maker, 2006-10


Founder and Chairman, ella forums, offering leadership development for leaders of charities and social enterprises

Appointed as one of the Maserati top 100 business leaders who have most helped entrepreneurs. Previously founder and Chair of the Academy for Chief Executives for 20 years


Barrister, Mediator, Facilitator, Coach and Actor

Secretary, Civil Mediation Council; Director IMPRESS, the Independent Monitor for the Press; Associate Member, 5RB media law chambers. Previously legal adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office


Chief Executive Officer, Certsure, professional services & certification for the building sector

Appointed 2010.  Proven corporate leader and communicator.  Well known throughout the industry for her support for diversity and consumer rights


Managing Director, Good Governance Institute, supporting better governance practice and ensuring organisations focus on leadership & strategy

Appointed 2014. Previously Director, Tunstall Group, integrating services cross-sector; Strategy Director, NHS North Yorkshire; Director, Humana Europe Ltd; Private Secretary to NHS CEO & Permanent Secretary

COLE, Chris

Chair of Trustees, Gilead Foundation Charity, rehabilitation centre for those exiting a life of addiction

Founder and Director, Cross Rhythms (Christian radio) and Cornerstone Vision, a publishing, sales & marketing company based in Plymouth. Also Trustee, God TV since 2015


Chief Executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, providing mental and physical health services across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Appointed in 2010.  Previously Director of Consulting, Tribal Group, Director, Mental Health and Learning Disability, Plymouth Primary Care Trust.  Longstanding expert in mental health issues

COOK, Tessa

Co-Founder & CEO, OLIO, The Food Sharing Revolution

App tackling the problem of food waste globally. Also Board Member Contentive (B2B media), & previously Managing Director in media (Emap), retail (Dyson) and financial services (Wonga)


Chief Executive Officer, The One Planet Education Network (OPEN) for Business, launched by the World Wildlife Fund in 2017

Appointed 2016. A specialist in corporate entrepreneurship and innovation. Also Co-Founder & Director at VEX Ventures and previously Director at Sodexo. Fellow, Royal Geographical Society & RSA

CRAVEN, Patrick

Director of Quality, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, City and Guilds

Appointed 2014. Previously Director of Assessment Policy, Research and Compliance.  Previously Editor-in-Chief, International Journal for eAssessment and Assessment Functions Lead for Cambridge Assessment


Chief Executive, Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE), a leading social enterprise development organisation

Appointed 2004.  Chair Birmingham & Solihull Social Economy Consortium CIC. Social enterprise innovator, visiting Industrial Fellow, Aston University. Previously Director, Upcycle CIC and Buy for Good CIC


Founder and Chairman, Nelsonspirit, a social impact business supporting and developing leaders

Founded 2008. An international thought leader in leadership development.  Also Chairman of award-winning manufacturer Frank Dale Foods, and Chair/Non-Exec/Trustee of other businesses & charities


Professor of Computer Science, Goldsmiths, University of London

Appointed 2006.  Also Pro-Warden International and formerly Pro-Warden Research and Enterprise. Principal Investigator for a range of interdisciplinary research projects. Previously Head of Department of Computing

DADDS, Martyn

Managing Director International at the Crisis Prevention Institute, providing workplace training in behaviour management for 1.2 million + professionals worldwide every year

Appointed 2012. Also host of Restraint Reduction Network, NED of international company The Real Potential, previously MD of RR Donnelley, an $11.6 billion Fortune 250 global organisation

DAHDI, Jeremy

Commercial Finance Director, City & Guilds, a global leader in skills development

Appointed 2016.  Responsible for driving commercial performance globally.  Previously Director of Finance, Pearson plc and Head of Finance at both the Financial Times and The Guardian

DAVE, Subash

Founder and President, AGORA EDGE, a soft goods manufacturer based in St Petersburg, Florida, USA

Founded AGORA in 1985. An industrial engineer leading his manufacturing business with “an outside edge”, through rapid growth in an evermore global market


Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Director of International Programmes, the University of West Alabama

Also former Chairperson of the Department of Behavioural Sciences, with special expertise in the psychology of emotion, learning and motivation, and intergroup relations

DAVIS, Miles

Dean of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr., School of Business and Professor of Management, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia, USA

Appointed Business School CEO in 2012; also Coach to the Global Good Fund, a leadership development enterprise for social entrepreneurs. Previously Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship



Chief of Staff, National Citizen Service, supporting young people’s transition to adulthood through personal social development

Appointed 2017. Previously Director of Strategy, NCS; Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in New York; Policy Advisor in 10 Downing Street; Consultant, House of Commons


Director and Founder, The Recovery Foundation CIC, assisting the process of overcoming addiction

Founded 2013.  Also award winning leader of Service User Involvement Team (including 2014 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service), Chartered Manager of the year 2015 & RSA Fellow


Director of Services, British Quality Foundation, the premier organisation representing excellence and performance improvement in the UK

Appointed 2015.  Responsible for strategy and service delivery.  Excellence Assessor and Validator for past 20 years; helping organisations across sectors achieve sustained outstanding performance


Group Chief Executive, Activate Learning Group, a pioneering international education group

Appointed as Group CEO in 2013 having been a college Principal since 1996. A national thought leader in education and Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network

DIXON, Beverly

Group HR Director, G's Fresh, one of Europe’s leading salad and vegetable producers

Appointed 2008.  Non-Executive Director Haygrove, NED MDS and trustee of Rural Cambs Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Previously Modena Consulting and M&S


Managing Director, City & Guilds, a global leader in skills development

Appointed 2011, now heading up a global team.  Leading expert on apprenticeships.  Previously Director at learndirect where she helped to shape national policy around e-learning

DREW, Linda (Professor)

Director and Chief Executive, Ravensbourne, a world-class specialist higher education institution

Appointed 2015. Governor of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy. Previously Chair of Council for Higher Education in Art & Design 2012-2015

DUNCAN, Graeme

Founder and CEO of Right to Succeed, a charity seeking to develop, pilot and scale collaborative solutions to educational inequality

Also currently Entrepreneur In Residence for Teach First, previously Entrepreneur in Residence for NESTA, Associate Director of Teach First and Head of Maths in a school


Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation, UK charity pioneering change in public mental health

Appointed 2013.  Previously Chief Executive of Homeless Link and Director of the National Campaign for the Arts. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. CBE


Group Executive Director, Activate Learning Group, a pioneering international education group

Appointed 2016. Head of City of Oxford College; Head of Lifeskills Faculty and A-levels & Business Faculty; Ofsted Inspector.  Winner of three national Beacon awards (two in 2016)


Founder and Chief Executive, Adventure Learning Foundation, charity running outdoor activity centres in the South East of England

Director of Gerutha, an organisation that provides operational support to charities; Trustee of various charities, awarded OBE in December 2016 for services to young people


Director and Founder, The Social Change Agencybuilding movements to create social impact

Appointed 2013. Trustee, MS Society, Previously Do-It.org,  Young Foundation Fellow; 2011 Clore Social Fellow; 2014 Fellow, School of Social Entrepreneurs and 2013 Winston Churchill Fellow


Chief Executive, Berwickshire Housing Association, housing, community projects and social enterprise

Appointed 2007.  An experienced leader of not for profit organisations.  Board member of Resilient Scotland which helps fund social enterprises.  Previously Scottish Committee Member on Big Lottery Fund

FOUAD, Naser (Dr)

Owner, St George Healthcare Group, a rapidly expanding healthcare company running three specialist rehabilitative hospitals in Warrington, Chester and Oldham

Winner, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 (for work developing Secure Brain Injury services); Chairman, St Mark Universal Copts Care relieving poverty in the Middle-East


Chief Executive, The Market Research Society, UK regulator and the world’s leading research association

Vice- Chair, Fairtrade Foundation; Trustee, Lowry Centre; various advisory boards. Over 150 awards for advertising and design in a career spanning government, BBC, Shell, Unilever. Awarded CBE 2011


Chairman, Egyptian Association for Learning

Appointed 2015.  Also Senior Teaching Fellow, Portsmouth Business School. Previously CEO, Investors in People in the MENA Region and Director, Emirates College of Technology, UAE


CEO and Principal, South Downs and Havant Colleges

Appointed CEO of South Downs in 2015. Now leading the merger process with Havant college.  Over 25 years’ experience in both Further and Higher Education


British diplomat and Director of the British Council in India, creating long-lasting connections through culture, education and the English language

Appointed 2016. Founder and Director of fiveFilms4freedom – the world’s first online LGBT film festival. Previously Director, Israel, Deputy Director, Mexico. Appointed OBE for services to Arts and Science


President and Chief Executive, YMCA of Greater Seattle

Appointed in 2007.  A leading advocate of change in city communities, notably through the Violence Prevention Initiative now being widely replicated across American cities

GOLD, David

Director of Public Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail Group, one of the UK's largest employers

Appointed 2010, and leading the Group’s public affairs and policy team. Also Board Member of graphic communications body Two Sides and Ambassador for Children’s Air Ambulance


President and CEO of Biztree in Quebec, Canadadeveloping and marketing productivity software for entrepreneurs and small businesses

Serial internet entrepreneur working to create leading brands.  Founded Mankind Foundation and Mankind Ventures, a business incubator and seed investment fund in 2016

GRAY, Jean

Operations Director, Berwickshire Housing Association

Appointed 2008.  A highly innovative leader responsible for more than 100 staff.  Chair of the Scottish Borders Housing Hub and a range of multi-agency bodies


Group Executive Director, Innovation and Development, Activate Learning Group

Appointed 2015.  Previously Co-Founder and Director for 22 years of an award-winning financial services consultancy, OAC plc.  Also Chair/ Vice-Chair/ Non-Exec Director of charitable & business Boards

HALLÉ, Athol

Chief Executive, Groundswell, enabling homeless people to be at the heart of solutions to homelessness    

Appointed 2006.  Previously Cardboard Citizens and Amnesty International UK. Winner of Kings Fund IMPACT Award 2016. Fellow of School for Social Entrepreneurs and Clore Social


Director of Corporate Affairs, Drax Power Ltd

Appointed 2017.  Previously Director of Corporate Affairs, Heathrow Airport and Director of Communications for the UK Ministry of Justice.  Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

HARRIS, Claudia

Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company, the government-backed organisation preparing young people for the world of work

Appointed 2015.  Also Board member of the 30% Club. Previously a partner of McKinsey & Company and part of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit


Chief Executive, Cosmican ethical IT company

Appointed 1998.  Also Associate Lecturer, Exeter University/ School for Social Entrepreneurs; Board member, Devon and Cornwall Business Council/ Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment & Skills

HEAWOOD, Jonathan

Chief Executive Officer, IMPRESS (The Independent Monitor for the Press), protecting free speech and rebuilding trust in journalism

Appointed 2015.  Also Visiting Research Fellow, University of East Anglia. Previously Founding Director, The IMPRESS Project; Consultant, Save the Children UK; Programmes Director, Sigrid Rausing Trust


Chair, North Oxfordshire Patient and Public Engagement Forum of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group 

Appointed 2014.  Also Governor, Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Patient Safety Council member, Royal Society of Medicine. Secondary school Head for 20 years.  Awarded OBE in 1996


Headmaster, Stiftisches Gymnasium Düren, one of the oldest grammar schools in Germany

Appointed 2014. Inspiring leader with a passion for education. Author of several formative books on the role of modern media in education. Officially appointed leadership trainer

HILL, Charlotte

Chief Executive, Step Up to Serve, campaign for youth social action

Appointed 2014. Previously Chief Executive of UK Youth and Parliamentary advisor for NSPCC. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

HILL, Janet

Programme Director, Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion, Cabinet Office

Appointed 2016.  Also Non-Exec Director, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and Metropolitan Police Strategic Inclusion Board. Previously designed a national new deal for jobseekers.  CBE in 2015


Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK, the UK's national body for Social Enterprise

Appointed 2010.  Also Former Chair, Social Enterprise World Forum and Trustee, Big Society Trust. Previously Founder/CEO Sunlight Development Trust; awarded CBE in 2015


Chief Executive, Family Action, leading provider of services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families

Appointed 2013. Also Chair of Children England and of Naomi House. Chief Executive, British Association for Adoption & Fostering 2006-2013. Awarded CBE for Services to Children and Families


Chief Executive and Principal of Sussex Downs College, the largest further education college in East Sussex

Appointed in 2015. A leading advocate of further education, previously CEO & Principal of two other colleges and senior civil servant in the Welsh Government


Chief Design Engineer, Rolls-Royce plc, “trusted to deliver excellence"

Appointed 2014.  A Chartered Engineer and Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Significant leadership experience in change management.  Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust since 2014

HUDEK, Krysia

Senior Partner, Open Agenda, consultancy supporting organisations with putting public policies into practice

Appointed in 2001.  Former Fellow, St George’s House; Associate, the Consultation Institute;  specialist in facilitations, currently supporting the Society with developing new leadership products


Honorary Consul General of Japan and CEO & Chairman of Moreson Conferencing

Founded Moreson Conferencing in 1996; now also Chairman of Alabama Advisory Board Citizens Trust Bank and Birmingham Sister Cities Commission & Director of multiple other Boards


Chief Executive, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Appointed 2012 as CEO of the largest teaching hospital in the South-West, having led the NHS in Devon. Now a leading figure in the civic life of Plymouth


Chairman, Jennings Garsington Ltd, commercial real estate

Appointed 1986, driving growth based on core values and clear purpose. Creator of unique service Jennings Business Mentors. Keen blogger and writer. Qualified chartered accountant

JEPP, Andrew

Managing Director, Zurich Municipal, providing insurance and risk management products to the public sector

Appointed 2016.  Chairman of Tennyson Insurance; Chairman of Sutton Housing Society; Trustee of Zurich Community Trust; previously Director of Public Sector for Zurich Insurance

KLAUS, Sharelle

Founder and Chief Executive, DRY Soda Company, a sparkling beverage company based in Seattle, USA

Established the company in 2005 after creating flavours at her kitchen sink. Now the fastest growing beverage business in the USA.  Previously a dot com entrepreneur

LAIDLEY, Charlene

UN Global Champion for Women’s Empowerment in Entrepreneurship and Advocate on Secretary-General's Panel for Women's Economic Empowerment

Also Founder of the FutureProof Foundation (2006) campaigning for Women’s Economic Empowerment, former CEO of The Latiénne Communications Group, Marketing & Comms Director to Mayor of London

LLOYD, Pablo

Chief Executive, Activate Enterprise, leading national provider of apprenticeship programmes

Appointed 2014. Also Group Executive Director of Activate Learning Group. Experienced CEO and non-executive in the private, public and third sectors. Previously Deputy CEO Learndirect

MacGILL, David

Co-owner, Fisherfield Childcare, a leading early years and childcare provider

Founded the business with Nicky over 20 years ago. Now with a chain of seven nurseries, a before and after school club and one holiday club

MacGILL, Nicky

Co-owner, Fisherfield Childcare, a leading early years and childcare provider

Founded the business with David over 20 years ago. Now developing a more integrated leadership model to help drive up already high standards of childcare


Founder and Chair, IBCS Group, award-winning No. 1 integrator of enterprise mobility systems in Eastern Europe

Chair since 1988; also Chair, BCS China, Chair, Box Up Crime, CEO, Bar Code Systems, mentor to young entrepreneurs, local councillor & older residents’ Champion


Chief Executive, Brook, largest youth sexual health charity

Appointed 2016. Previously Chief Executive of youth charity Ambition, Head of Education & Training at East Thames Group and a Director of Thomas Miller & Co.

MAY, Jonathan

CEO and Founder, Hubbub, building digital fundraising programmes for education and non-profit sectors

Founded 2011. Also Associate, More Partnership (digital fundraising strategies); Fellow, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust UK and Communications Advisor, Freedom from Torture. Previously Director, UK Crowdfunding Association

McCARTY, Trish

Founder and President, StarShine Academy, an international network of schools based in Phoenix, Arizona

Founded 2002. Also Founder and President of StarShine Planet Education Resources. Author of ‘Soul of Success’ and other international best sellers. Philanthropist & former banker


Global Advocate and Campaigner, seeking to end the stigma of depression and anxiety in the workplace

International thought leader since 2012, now advising a wide range of corporates on purpose and mental health. Spent 25 years with Unilever, most recently as Global Vice-President


Director of Communications, Allchurches Trust, one of the UK’s largest charitable trusts

A leading communicator spanning culture, heritage and the creative industries. Previously Deputy Director of Communications, English Heritage, and Head of Corporate Press, Sotheby’s


Government Relations, Saudi Aramco, the world's largest energy company

Previously Assistant Chief Officer, Kent Police, and Deputy Director at Home Office. Legal author, Churchill Fellow, and Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winner


Chief Executive Officer & Executive Vice-President Rest of the World, Dollar Financial Group, global provider of consumer financial services

Appointed 2015.  Responsible for business outside of the UK.  Previously Communications and International Director, Financial Conduct Authority; Director of Communications, Department for Work and Pensions


Director of Corporate Relations for Diageo, Europe  a global leader in beverage alcohol

Appointed 2016.  Previously Head of Corporate Affairs for Standard Chartered Bank, India and Africa; Senior Policy Adviser to HM Treasury; UK representation to the EU


Founding Partner, Roy Newey Growth Partnership, business consultancy

A global entrepreneur who has established and led businesses in 15 countries globally. Chairman of many Boards ranging from the Commonwealth Skills Forum to Tranmere Rovers FC


Operational and Strategic Leader, Australian Department of Defence, now relocating to the UK

Leadership career spanning counter-terrorism, strategies to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs) & special projects in the Middle East. Represented Australia at cross-governmental events; now a corporate adviser

O’LEARY, Christa

Founder and CEO of Home in Harmony, Inc. international design & lifestyle firm based in Boston, Massachusetts 

Author of international best seller “Home in Harmony”, on creating a nurturing home environment.  Interior designer, lifestyle curator and Hay House Radio Show host


CEO, London Early Years Foundation, UK's largest childcare charitable social enterprise

Appointed 2004.  Also Director, Social Enterprise UK; Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Middlesex University; author of various leadership books; awarded MBE (2013) for services to London’s children

OAKLEY, Gerraint

Managing Director, Curo Homes, a thriving ethical business and leading house-builder in South-West England

Appointed 2014. Committee Member, Construction Excellence South-West. Previously Director, Barratt Homes, MD at Pennant Homes; Director, Coastal Housing Group, Global Property Strategy Manager, Vodafone

OATES, Seamus

CEO,TBAP Multi-Academy Trust, running 9 alternative provision and special academies

Appointed 2011. Previously Executive Headteacher of Bridge AP Academy; member Headteachers’ Board (NW London and South Central England); member Youth Justice Board; awarded CBE 2017

PAREKH, Sonali

Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses, helping smaller businesses achieve their ambitions

Appointed 2016.  Previously Deputy Director, Cabinet Office and Senior Adviser to the PM’s Implementation Group.  Senior posts also in the Home Office & Ministry of Justice


Managing Director, Sand Lake Centre for Advanced Dentistry in Florida, USAa decorated Master of Dentistry 

Practising dentistry since 1998, now acknowledged industry leader in cosmetic dentistry; best-selling author, coach to young entrepreneurs and executive producer of documentary “On Me”


Chairman, Advanced Boardroom Excellence Limited, consultancy dedicated to individual and collective director effectiveness

Appointed 2014.  Also Director, CIPD; Chair, Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel; Chair, KidsOut; Senior Independent Director, pladis; member, INSEAD global Corporate Governance Network.  Awarded OBE in 2015


Founder and Director of Conning Towers, a global Human Resources Specialist Entrepreneur dedicated to optimising Human Value in Business, Education and wider Society

Established 2001. Also Founder, Engaged For Success CIC, focusing on young adults.  Multiple award winner, inc. Author of the Year, Women4Africa Awards 2013. Extensive experience across USA/ UK/ Africa

POWELL, Andrew

Chief Executive Officer, The Training Room, UK’s largest provider of aspirational education & careers

Appointed 2014. An accomplished international board level executive. Charity Champion of Dreams Come True. Previously Chief Operating Officer with Colt Technology Services


Principal and Chief Executive of Bedford College

Appointed 1998. Also a Director of Cambridge Assessment, previously a Regional Director of the Further Education Funding Council. Awarded a CBE for services to further education in 2011

RAI, Hardeep

Co-founder and Managing Director, Kaleidoscope Investments, supporting and investing in disabled people as entrepreneurs   

Appointed 2014. A charismatic entrepreneur, investor and mentor; previously Director of Hamilton Bradshaw Venture Partners and Chief Operating Officer (Investments) at Gartmore for 13 years

ROBB, Karen

Partner, Grant Thornton LLP, "shaping a vibrant economy"

Appointed 2006.  Chairman of EMEA indirect tax committee working with member firms across the world. Previously employed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers


Interim Finance Director & Board Consultant

Finance Director specialising in supporting Boards of medium sized businesses with managing high rates of growth. Also a college governor and Chair of Audit & Risk


Chief Executive, at800 (Digital Mobile Spectrum Ltd), ensuring 4G and terrestrial services can co-exist

Appointed 2013. A Board Director and CEO who is particularly passionate about access to information networks and services. Previously with Nokia Siemens Networks

ROSS, Julian

Managing Director, Iknow-UK & Wireless Social

Appointed 2008. Leading two successful businesses with solutions for the hospitality, entertainment, health & leisure and retails sectors. Previously Senior Account Director at Telewest Business


Chairman and CEO, Digital Assess, innovative world ­class education technology facilitating evidence-based assessment

Appointed 2014.  Also Venture Partner, Emerge Education; founding Investor, Youth4Work.com; previous Chair/ CEO of multiple businesses, in top 5 Asian EdTech Entrepreneurs in Diversity UK/ KPMG Awards 2016

SANI, Michael

Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Bite the Ballot, inspiring young people to become active citizens

Co-founded in 2010. A leading social entrepreneur: Lego Fellow 2016, Ashoka Fellow 2015, Political Studies Association Innovation Award 2015, Fast Growth Entrepreneur 2014


Director of Workforce, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

Appointed 2015. Also Chair, NHS Clinical Commissioners HR Forum; Vice-President, Healthcare People Management Association.  Previously Director, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

SEPPALA, Richard

A serial entrepreneur based in Florida, whose business helps companies track the ROI (Return on Investment) of their marketing efforts

Founded his “ROI Guy” company in 2005.  Marketing expert, best-selling author and regular press and TV business commentator.  Formerly V-P for top USA care providers


Founder and CEO, The National Diversity Awards, celebrating the outstanding achievements of positive role models and grass root communities

Appointed Director of I Spoil U Media Limited (The National Diversity Awards, The Excellence in Diversity Awards, The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers amongst others)


Managing Director, Owen Mumford, international medical devices group

Appointed 2008. A hands-on international director with experience in sales, operations and general management across the medical, industrial, automotive and retail sectors

SHARMA, Kartik

Founder, Agnitio Education, transforming education into more connected student-centric communities through technology-led applications

Founded 2012 in New Delhi & London. Now covering 1,000+ schools & one million+ users; also co-founder Hive Education, previously senior Consultant Deloitte, corporate performance, Nestle


Chief Executive Officer, Relate, the UK’s largest provider of relationship support

Appointed 2012 as Director of External Affairs, became CEO in 2015. Also Trustee, Spice Innovations Ltd. Previously Director, Scope; Senior Manager, Nesta


Financial Management Officer, U.S. Department of State: CFO responsible for all US Govt. financial expenditures at various embassies around the world

Served in: Nigeria, China, Belize, Suriname, Trinidad, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia and the Foreign Service Institute.  An Investment Banker and Naval Officer prior to State


Chief Executive, Brightside, national social mobility charity mentoring 16,000 disadvantaged young people every year into education and work

Appointed 2015. Also Non-Executive Director, Social Investment Business. Previously CEO, Family and Childcare Trust; Clore Social Fellow; Adviser to international charities supporting disadvantaged young people

SIMPSON, Margaret

Director, Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber, offering support and advice for social enterprises across the Scottish Borders

Appointed in 2002.  Also Ambassador for Scotland for Disabled Persons User Led Organisations; Chair, Ability Borders; Director, AccessAble Borders; Owner, Disabled Persons Housing Service.  Awarded MBE 2011


Director of People, Swansea City and County Council  

Appointed 2013. Previously Assistant Chief Executive and Assistant Director, Darlington Borough Council; Director of Communities, Swindon Borough Council and Head of Lifelong Learning, Blackburn with Darwen BC

SMEE, Anna

Chief Executive, UK Youth, giving young people across the UK a fair start in life

Appointed 2014. Committed to social justice. Previously Director of social innovation think-tank The Young Foundation, responsible for social enterprise. Charities Aid Foundation Investment Committee Member

SMITH, Joshua Isaac

Managing Director, AdaptFaster.com, coaching Executives globally and experts in resilience training

International entrepreneur, speaker and creator of bestselling DVD on Yogaboxing.  Specialist in neuroscience-informed approaches to mindfulness and resilience.   Former CEO of telecommunications company in California

SMITH, Mandy

Director of Sales & Customer Service, City and Guilds, a global leader in skills development

Appointed 2014.  Over 16 years’ experience within the organisation, including Head of Sales/ Regional Manager/ Customer Relations Manager.  Previously sales for Total E&P


Founder and CEO, Every Child Needs a Mentor, a forward thinking mentoring organisation supporting school leaders to achieve their strategic objectives

Founded in 2013.  Also Chair of Governors in an outstanding academy, author and previously the Lead Mentor across Birmingham schools / Strategic Mentoring Partner of the UK Business Bootcamp

SWEENEY, Charlotte

Thought leader and specialist in diversity and creating inclusive cultures

Founded independent consultancy in 2012.  Also NED on multiple Boards including Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and City HR Association.  Author & public speaker; OBE in 2017

TALBOT, Hannah

Board Member, National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK 

Former Chair of the National Federation, now Head of English and Specialist Leader in Education at South Bromsgrove High School


Chief Executive Officer, Saltrock, British lifestyle inspired collections

Founded Saltrock with his brother Ross in 1988 because of their love of surfing. Now leading a fast growing national brand in British retail – and still surfing!


Chief Executive Officer, Somerset Care, one of the major care providers in southern England

Appointed 2015.  A business leader, manager, entrepreneur, communicator and consultant with Board-level experience in strategy and corporate governance. Also Director of YourLife Management Services Ltd

TRACEY, Suzanne

Chief Executive, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, a top-ranked NHS Trust providing the full range of acute hospital services

Appointed 2016.  Provider Faculty Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  Previously Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive, RD&E and Yeovil NHS Foundation Trust

VANN, Barbara

Chair of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Appointed in 2015.  23 years as a Headteacher (with 3 x Ofsted Outstandings), Chair of Duchy Health Charity, (Trustee for 16 years), current Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall


HR Director, Fujitsu in the UK and Ireland

Appointed 2016. Chief HR Officer latterly with OSN & Ooredoo in the Middle East. Previously HR Director BBC, Vice-President HR at BP

VITOLO, Corrine

Chair and CEO, SmartSports, USA, developing smart technologies that measure wellness and athletic performance 

Appointed in 2008.  Board Director since 2003.  Also Professional in Residence at Harvard University and Judge for Babson College’s MBA in Technology Entrepreneurship since 2012


Business Development Director, CASCAID Ltda subsidiary of Loughborough university and leading producer of careers information and guidance solutions

Appointed 2017.  Entrepreneur and media commentator, also Founder, Moving On magazine and CEO of Not Going to Uni Ltd.  Woman of the Year Finalist 2015


Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Acumen CIC, Holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

Founder 2010.  Director, Communities Together Durham & North-East Social Investment Company; Trustee, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.  Deputy Lieutenant, County Durham. Awarded OBE 2008


Executive Principal, The White Rose Academies Trust, comprising 3 Academy schools, Leeds West, Leeds East and Leeds City

Appointed 2016. Also Executive Team member, Leeds City College Group.  Previously Headteacher Todmorden High School, led the school from the bottom 5% to the top 18% nationally


Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Nurse, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Appointed 2015 having been Director of Nursing since 2010. Lead Executive for Integrated Care Exeter, aiming high for citizen health and wellbeing. Previously Director of Nursing at Derby Hospital


Business Coach, Oxford Innovation and Strategic Marketing Adviser in private practice

Also Chair, Chartered Institute of Marketing (Cornwall). Previously Sales & Marketing Director for the Eden Project & Legoland Windsor, executive at the Lego Group


Chief Executive of specialist recruitment firm Grovelands, providing high quality associates across key sectors

Appointed 2010.  Developing highly sector focused teams to increase the business’s growth rate (going up to 6 in Recruiter magazine’s FAST 50). Previously with Heads Recruitment Ltd

WITTS, Simon

Founder and Chief Executive, Aviation Skills Partnership

Appointed 2010.  A highly experienced Executive across transportation operations, engineering, education, skills & training. Previously Director on the Boards of five airlines, including British Airways


Managing Director, Ashley PR, working for a range of national and international clients

Appointed 1998. Former President of the CIPR and Euprera, runs a leadership for reputation programme for CEOs internationally and advises governments on relationship building


A serial entrepreneur based in Greater Salt Lake City and coaching entrepreneurial leaders across the USA to prepare them for "accelerated growth"

Co-founded SWP Enterprises in 2013.  Also Faculty Leader in Goldman Sachs Small Business Programme at Babson & Salt Lake Colleges.  Vice-President of American Express for 15 years

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