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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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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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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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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Claudine Adeyemi

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Claudine read law at University College London and graduated with a 2.1 in Law LLB.  She attended BPP and achieved a distinction in the Legal Practice Course.  Claudine is now an Associate at Mishcon de Reya LLP having completed her training contract at the Firm.  She specialises in property disputes in the Firm's Tier 1 team. She also leads Mishcon's Academy's Women in Law series, is her team's tech champion, a mentor on the Firm's tech start-up incubator (MDR LAB) and is a Social Mobility Ambassador for the Law Society.

In her spare time, Claudine founded and runs The Student Development Co. CIC, a non-profit organisation which provides career-related advice and support to 16-24 year olds from less privileged backgrounds.  She does this through skills workshops, insight days with employers, online support and one-on-one mentoring.  The SDC has also developed and launched Career Ear, the UK's first Q&A careers advice platform which allows young career-seekers throughout the UK to ask professionals questions directly.

Claudine loves Arsenal FC and food in equal measure.

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Janine McDowell

CEO Justice UK & Ireland, Sodexo

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.


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Barry Mordsley

Employment Lawyer

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.

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