The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett
David Blunkett was elected as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside in 1987 following eighteen years in local government as both a member of Sheffield City Council and Leader of the Council. Stepping down as an MP at the May 2015 General Election, in August 2015 he was awarded a peerage in the dissolution honours lists. He was created Baron Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield on 28 September 2015.
His many roles in Parliament have included Secretary of State for Education and Employment where he led on the implementation of the New Deal, saw unemployment fall to below 1 million and was committed to increasing equality through responsibility for the Equal Opportunities Commission and the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission.
Since 2006 David has undertaken a series of major pieces of work on topics including social mobility. He was made a member of the specially convened Speaker’s Conference in 2008 which made a wide range of recommendations aimed at rectifying the disparity between the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons, and their representation in the UK population at large.
In August 2011, David published a pamphlet outlining a proposal for a full-time volunteer programme for young people. The pamphlet has received support from a wide range of charities, volunteer organisations, private companies, politicians and government ministers, and David is working towards further developing the project in 2012.
"I want to personally thank the team at enei and all our Members for their hard work in driving forward Diversity & Inclusion in their workplaces. Our one year Anniversary marks a period of significant growth in interest in the D&I agenda with a marked focus on Unconscious Bias and we look forward to working with Members on the challenges ahead." David Blunkett
The Lord Dennis Stevenson of Coddenham, CBE
Lord Dennis Stevenson spent the first 20 years post university as a serial entrepreneur; then for 15 years chaired large companies (Pearson plc, GPA plc and HBOS plc). He has now reverted to entrepreneurial roots mainly through a VC company, Loudwater Investment Partners.
He is also a Non Executive Director of The Western Union Company and The Economist. He is Chairman of Aldeburgh Music, a Director of Glyndebourne Productions and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the Tate Gallery in the 90s and has recently stood down after eight years as Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.