I operate at Board level in a range of organisations, usually as a Board member or sometimes as an adviser. My roles typically spread across strategy, finance and people (especially equality, diversity and inclusion). My current roles include the following:
Premier League: I’m Equality Advisor to the Board and have been leading on the development and implementation of the No Room For Racism Action Plan. Since 2017 I have also been a member of the PL Equality Standard Panel: We assess the progress of the member clubs of the Premier League against the standards set by league rules for promoting equality within their organisations. This covers all the characteristics protected by law.
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust: I joined the Board as a non-executive director in January 2020 before the Covid-19 Pandemic began. It has since become the largest NHS Trust in England since the recent merger with the Royal Brompton & Harefield. I chair the Integrated & Specialist Medicine clinical group which is particularly focused on population health management and community engagement.
Metropolitan Police: since July 2020 I have been one of two non-executive advisers to the Met Management Board, appointed by the Commissioner. I attend all Board meetings and engage on a range of strategic, finance, performance and people matters.
Impact X Capital: in May 2019 I made an investment in this new private equity fund that invests in entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds and became one of twenty founding partners.
The Elephant Group: I am a trustee of this charity which represents a group of schools who have come together nationally to create a programme for their brightest pupils with the intention of getting more people from disadvantaged backgrounds into elite universities.
Centre for Social Investigation: Advisory board member to CSI which operates from Nuffield College, Oxford doing rigourous academic analysis to better understand social issues especially social mobility and racial discrimination in the labour market.
Sainsbury’s: For three years I was a member of the Sainsbury’s Foundation Advisory Board which reported to the Operating Board on sustainable supply chain ideas like Fairly Traded which explores new ways of engaging with and empowering producer communities in Africa.
National Citizen Service Trust: when the new royal charter body was set up to run NCS in December 2018 I became a board member and took on the role of chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Kingston University London where I served for three years as an independent non-executive director and Vice-Chair of the board. I was a member of the Finance, Remuneration and Academic Governance Committees.
Arco Academy: I am vice-chair the Advisory Board of Arco which was established in early 2017 as an alternative provision organisation based in Camberwell, south London. It provides education to young people who for whatever reason are not in mainstream schooling, engaging them through sport.
Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission: from 2013-16 I was a board member of the Commission. We advised the government on policies related to both increasing social mobility and reducing child poverty, held it to account through an annual report to Parliament and advocated for positive change across public, private and third sector institutions.