Our trustees provide us with strategic direction and support. They are representative of UK business, the public sector and NGOs.
Darra joined EY in January 2012 and initially led the Local Public Service practice before being appointed as the UK’s Government and Public Sector Lead. He is now a Senior Partner in EY’s Government practice. Prior to EY he was Chief Executive of Job Centre Plus and Chief Executive of Ealing and Luton Councils.
In addition to supporting public sector clients Darra has also taken on a range of other roles over the years. Most recently he has completed an independent review into the use of DNA evidence in immigration applications for the previous Home Secretary. He was a member of the Greater Manchester Prosperity Panel set up by the Mayor and BEIS. He was the Chair of the Panel investigating the UK riots in August 2011 and led the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance for the LGA and Cipfa.
Darra has recently been appointed as a visiting professor for Social Justice at London Southbank University.
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.”
Jonathan is Chief People Officer for Costa Coffee. Before Costa Jonathan was Group People Director at Halfords for over seven years and HR Director, Resourcing & Development at Specsavers.
Prior to that he worked at Director level in HR for Lloyds TSB, Abbey, Zurich and BAE Systems. He is also on the Board of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.
Outside work, when he’s not at Old Trafford, Jonathan enjoys music, running and cycling with his family.
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.
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.
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.
Claudine Adeyemi is a multi-award winning lawyer and entrepreneur. She read law at University College London and went on to practice law at Mishcon de Reya where she was an Associate specialising in Real Estate Litigation. In 2014, Claudine founded The Student Development Co. (The SDC), a non-profit organisation providing career-related support to young people from less privileged backgrounds. The SDC supported over 1000 young people. More recently, Claudine founded a company called CareerEar, an intelligent careers advice and discovery platform enabling employers to empower their employees to attract and retain emerging, diverse talent. The platform features the UK's first Q&A careers advice service allowing career-seekers to ask career-related questions to industry professionals directly.
Claudine is also a board member of the Employers’ Network for Equality, and Inclusion (enei), advisory board member for upReach and a Global Shaper (an initiative set up by the World Economic Forum). Claudine has been recognised as a Rising Star in the We Are The City Awards (2016), Brummell Magazine’s 30 Ones to Watch (2018) and in May 2018, Claudine was listed as the EMpower #1 Future Leader as presented by the Financial Times.
Janine McDowell joined the Prison Service in England and Wales in 1989 as a Prison Officer at HMP Holloway and over the next 10 years worked at a number of establishments and in various roles before her appointment as Deputy Governor at HMP & YOI Feltham in 1999.
In 2001 Janine left the Prison Service and joined Sodexo Justice Services as Deputy Centre Manager at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre before appointment as Director - HM Prison Bronzefield in 2003. Janine was responsible for the start up and operation of this brand new prison for women from the opening of the establishment until taking up post as the SJS Operations Director, England & Wales in November 2007.In January 2010 Janine was appointed Deputy Managing Director for Sodexo Justice Services in the UK with responsibility for operations and business development.
Janine was appointed as CEO Justice UK & Ireland in August 2015. In addition she is the chair of the Sodexo UK & Ireland Diversity Council and is a trustee of Safer London.
Barry has worked as an employment lawyer for his entire career.He qualified as a solicitor and was originally an academic,teaching in both London and New York.He has spoken at numerous conferences, both in the UK and abroad , and written many articles and co-authored a textbook on Employment Law.
He was appointed an Employment Judge(part-time) which he carried out for 27 years.He was a founding member and director of the Employment Lawyers' Association and was also a member of the Law Society's Employment Law Committee. He is Visiting Professor in Employment Law at Middlesex University. He was Chair of the Discrimination Law Committee of the International Bar Association.
He practised as a Partner in Employment Law in London for many years specialising in discrimination law.