Our Board

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

Claudine Adeyemi

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP

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. 

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Darra Singh - Chair

Senior Partner, Government and Public Sector, EY, & Chair, enei

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.

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Ian Adams

Director of Membership and Stakeholder Engagement, NHS Resolution

Ian Adams is currently Director of Membership and Stakeholder Engagement at NHS Resolution and has combined a career in communications and marketing for the BBC, NHS, and government with 20 years’ service as a Local Authority Councillor and a charity trustee. Ian is Vice-Chair of Single Homeless Project and a Trustee of Unite Foundation and London Handel Festival. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor. In 2017/18, he served as Lord Mayor of Westminster and was listed as an OUTstanding LGBT+ role model in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Ian is a registered mentor with the Civil Service LGBT+ Mentoring Scheme and holds two degrees, including an MBA awarded with Distinction from the University of Bradford.

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Jonathan Crookall

Chief People Officer, Costa Coffee

 

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.

 

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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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Richard Kramer

CEO, Sense

Richard Kramer is Chief Executive Officer at Sense and Vice-Chair of the Disabled Children’s Partnership; he was also Director at Turning Point for 10 years. Richard held several director-level positions across policy, campaigns, and business development. He led the department that developed the innovative Connected Care model, which involved members of local communities in designing and delivering health and social care services. A qualified solicitor, Richard has previously worked for Mencap and NCVO. Richard was a trustee of Respond for 10 years, a trustee of a Multi-Academy Trust for seven years, and a former board member of the Campaign to End Loneliness.

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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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Shelley Portet

Managing Partner, The Brooklyn Brothers

Shelley Portet is Managing Partner at The Brooklyn Brothers and is an award-winning marketing and communications leader with specialist expertise in earned and social. Shelley started her career as a journalist for CBSi before moving into the burgeoning field of social media. She has worked across some of the most globally recognisable brands throughout her career, including adidas, YouTube, Jaguar Land Rover, Red Bull, McDonald’s, and GoPro. Shelley strongly believes that people’s different lived experiences allow them to have a unique point of view on the world, and it’s this diversity of thought that organisations need if they’re to survive. Shelley has previously volunteered as a mentor for The Girls Network and now is partnering with the Carers Trust to provide training and support for young carers.

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Tom Berry

NED, Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA England)

Tom Berry is a Non-Executive Director for Mental Health First Aid England and a part-time business teacher at his local secondary school. Tom has been an advisor and marketing consultant for a range of UK and international organisations. Tom was the CEO and Chair of Chameleon, a specialist communications agency named B2B PR Agency of the Year and the Best Agency to Work For under his tenure. Before his career in marketing and PR, Tom worked for many years as a business journalist.

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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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Will Smith

Managing Partner, People & Purpose for Deloitte North & South Europe

Will Smith is Managing Partner, People & Purpose for Deloitte North and South Europe, with over 20 years of professional experience delivering independent financial audits and assurance services to major listed, private, and international businesses. He has experience across the manufacturing, consumer, retail, and technology industries. Will sits on the Business Executive Leadership Team with specific responsibility for strategic people initiatives across 28 countries and over 50,000 professionals. This includes diversity, equity, and inclusion; international mobility; employee value propositions; and learning and development. He is also Sponsoring Partner for Deloitte UK’s LGBTQ+ network, GLOBE, and has supported the network in developing several transformative initiatives, including the firm’s Allies Programme. Will is a passionate advocate for inclusion and, in 2020, was named Male Diversity Champion of the Year at the UK Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards.

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