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Our Board

Our trustees provide us with strategic direction and support. They are representative of UK business, the public sector and NGOs.

Harry Gaskell

enei Chair, UK & I Advisory Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

Harry Gaskell is a Managing Partner of Ernst and Young's 1,000 strong Advisory Practice in the UK and Ireland. Harry is a member of Ernst and Young's European Advisory Leadership team and is EY's Leader of Diversity and Inclusion for the UK. 

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Mario Ambrosi

Communications Director

Mario is a communications professional with experience in journalism, public relations, internal communications and public affairs. He began his career as a journalist working on regional and national newspapers and magazines and was editor of Inside Housing and assistant editor of Inside Housing magazine. In 2005 he joined Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people, where he has held a number of senior roles. His work has appeared in almost all the national media and he has blogged regularly for The Guardian. He qualified as a journalist with the National Council for the Training of Journalists, holds a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is a member of the Public Relations and Communications Association, where he has chaired the organisation’s charities and not-for-profit group.

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Sarah Churchman

D&I Leader, PWC

Sarah is head of Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Wellbeing at PwC UK. She joined PwC in 1987. She is frequently quoted in the press and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today and Nice Work programmes and on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Diversity is an issue that fascinates Sarah.  “As a concept it’s pretty simple and straightforward. But making it part of an organisational culture is very complex. There is often a resistance to it because we as human beings like similarity and familiarity"

“For me, diversity starts with helping smart people better understand themselves and why they view the world in the way they do.”

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Jonathan Crookall

People Director, Halfords

Jonathan is Halfords’ People Director.  Before Halfords Jonathan was at Specsavers as HR Director, Resourcing & Development.

Prior to that he worked at Director level in HR for Lloyds TSB, Abbey, Zurich and BAE Systems. 

Jonathan brings to Halfords an in depth knowledge of Colleague Engagement, Talent Management, Resourcing and People Development.

The early part of Jonathan’s time at BAE was spent in car manufacturing where he gained his Employee Relations experience.

When he’s not at Old Trafford, Jonathan enjoys running and cycling with his family.

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Janet Hill CBE

Programme Director, Civil Service

Janet Hill is the Disability Inclusion Team Programme Director at the Civil Service. Janet spent her first ten years in operations before moving into policy and corporate roles. In the Benefits Agency, Janet managed teams working on lone parents, fraud and home visit teams. 

In corporate finance she worked with the Treasury to deliver: the three year comprehensive spending review; housing benefit reform; private pension reform white papers; a national new deal for disability; a flexible new deal for jobseekers; and six cross-Government white papers to drive closer integration of the UK Employment and skills systems. 

Janet led a programme of pan-Whitehall social justice policy to help improve recovery from addiction, reduce re-offending and prevent homelessness. As part of that role, Janet was a member of the Mayor's London Delivery Board on Homelessness.

Currently, she oversees the development of cross-Government initiatives including the Whitehall youth internship programmes, a corporate workplace adjustment service for disabled colleagues and the Positive Action Talent & Inclusion Pathway - Levelling the Playing Field.  She is also a member of the DWP’s HR Executive Team.  

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Heather Jackson

Chief Executive, Inspirational Journey

Heather is the Chair of An Inspirational Journey and Founder of The Women's Business Forum. An Inspirational Journey is the organisation that delivers The Women’s Business Forum. Focusing on “better balance, better business,” An Inspirational Journey works to positively influence and address the imbalance of talent that currently exists at the top of corporate UK and Europe.

Heather's latest project, AIJ.TV, is an online platform created to inspire and provide guidance and direction to the next generation of future leaders regardless of gender. It is a series of ten minute interviews entitled, “Real Leaders, Real Conversations”. Heather is an active advocate in the media and acts as an advisory consultant to the government on issues surrounding women in business. She is regularly called upon to contribute to regional and national media on the agenda including CNN, BBC, Sky, CNBC and the BBC 2 documentary, "Hilary Devey’s Women at The Top".

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Barry Mordsley

Consultant, Harbottle and Lewis

Barry graduated from the London School of Economics with both an LLB and LLM and then qualified as a solicitor. He has taught full-time at various institutions in London, including London University, and spent a year as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, USA, specialising in Employment and Company Law. He became a frequent speaker at conferences and wrote extensively on employment law, including co-authoring Butterworths Employment Law Guide. 

In 1989 he joined law firm HRK (merging with Salans in 1998) where he was Head of Employment in London and Global Employment Head.  He became a Consultant to Salans in 2010.

He was a long-time member of both the Employment Law Committee of the Law Society and the original Management Committee of the Employment Lawyers’ Association. He is currently a Director of the Global Employment Institute which emanates from the International Bar Association, in which he was Chair of the Discrimination Law Committee for several years. In 2010 Barry was appointed Visiting Professor in Employment Law at Middlesex University.

From 1984-2011 he sat as a part-time employment Judge. Barry has always dealt with all aspects of employment law but has specialised in executive severance, discrimination, contractual claims and employment tribunals. 

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Daniel Mortimer

Chief Executive, NHS Employers

Danny joined NHS Employers in November 2014 from his role as Director of Workforce and Strategy at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Danny has a degree in politics from York University and worked as a porter and health care assistant before becoming a regional trainee in the West Midlands.

Danny's other roles have included Personnel Manager and General Manager at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, and Deputy Director of Personnel at Brighton Health Care.

His first director post was a joint role for Royal West Sussex NHS Trust and Western Sussex PCT. He subsequently became Director of HR and Organisational Development at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Daniel is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has been a member of the NHS Employers Policy Board since 2006; he was appointed as its vice chair in June 2008.

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Trevor Phillips

Trevor is the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Commission inherited the work of the previous equality commissions on disability, gender and race in October 2007.It also has responsibility for the new areas of age, religion and belief, sexual orientation, transgender and the promotion of human rights and good relations. Previously, Trevor was the Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE).

Born in London in 1953, Trevor attended secondary school in Georgetown, Guyana, and studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students. He then went into broadcasting, becoming Head of Current Affairs at LWT in 1992. Trevor received awards from the Royal Television Society in 1988, 1993 and 1998.

He was elected a member of the Greater London Authority in May 2000, and became chair of the London Assembly later that month.

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Jonathan Rees

Jonathan worked in the Civil Service for 35 years with a strong focus on strategy, regulation, organisational change and partnership working. His most recent role was as the first Director-General of the Government Equalities Office from 2008 to 2013. In this period he saw through a major overhaul of equalities legislation with the 2010 Equality Act, and set up new partnerships to promote equality in the workplace. Most recently he developed the policy on same sex marriage. He is currently a Trustee of Citizens Advice, the NACAB Pension Fund, and a Director of Ombudsman Services.

After graduating in modern history from Jesus College, Oxford, Jonathan worked in over ten Government departments both in Whitehall and Brussels, including spells in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, Cabinet Office, the European Commission and private sector.

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