Advisory Council

Stuart Wright - Chair

Property & Facilities Director, Aviva Plc

Stuart joined Aviva in 2001 and has held a number of roles all associated with operations and delivery of services, including property and facilities and document management. His current role includes all operational property and facilities activity across the Aviva Group including property acquisitions and disposals and all aspects of facilities management. Stuart has worked closely with a number of service providers and brings a strong operational experience of the way in which these can be managed for mutual benefit. He has worked for Aviva outside of the UK, managing a wide portfolio of property-related projects including addressing the environmental impact of buildings as part of the acquisition process. Stuart’s portfolio includes energy management where Aviva has good experience of the issues of driving down consumption whilst acquiring energy in an environmentally responsible way.

Before joining Aviva, Stuart spent some time at PA Consulting Group but prior to that served in the Royal Engineers. He has a Civil Engineering degree which provides a broad understanding of a number of aspects of the built environment and their impact on modern life. Stuart spent some time as a member of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce and is Governor of a Norfolk High School.

Clare Griffin

Head of Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Reporting, GSK

Clare Griffin is Head of Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Reporting at pharmaceutical, vaccine and consumer healthcare company GSK.  Having joined the company in 2012,  her remit includes responsible business strategy and engagement, supporting the Board’s CR Committee, and the company’s annual reporting. Clare has a MSc in Responsible Business practice and has worked -  in-house and as a consultant - across a wide range of industries in both the US and the UK. 

Stephen Uden

Head of Corporate Citizenship, Nationwide Building Society

Stephen Uden is Head of Corporate Citizenship for Nationwide Building Society, the UK’s largest building society. For the past 12 years, Stephen has worked on programmes to create economic opportunity through skills, education and regional development. Stephen joined Nationwide in 2012 from Microsoft where he was responsible for the Britain Works programme that helped train 500,000 people over three years. At Nationwide, Stephen is responsible for the organisation’s citizenship activities. 

Neil Jameson

Chief Executive, Citizens UK

Neil Jameson has been Executive Director of Citizens UK for the last 24 years and Lead Organiser with London Citizens for the last 18 years. As such, he and his colleague Organisers are now driving the UK’s largest and most diverse Community Organising training institute, professional Guild of Organisers and a growing network of broad-based Citizens alliances in London, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Birmingham and Cardiff.

He is first and foremost a Community Organiser – seeking out talented leaders and young Organisers who have the courage and commitment to work with others democratically to strengthen civil society and pursue the common good. Citizens UK’s members initiated and still steer the UK’s Living Wage campaign which is now delivering £210m in higher wages to 45,000 low waged workers and their families.

Neil has been named by The Guardian as one of the UK’s most significant public servants. In 2012 his work for civil society and east London was recognised when he was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.

Loraine Martins

Trustee, Trust for London

Loraine has recently joined Network Rail as its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and will lead on making the rail industry a more open, diverse and inclusive business. Network Rail is responsible for the rail infrastructure, which includes engineering, the maintenance of tracks and flagship stations like Kings Cross. It has 34,000 staff throughout the UK.

Loraine is a director of her own business Merit Works, a management consultancy that offers expertise on strategic leadership, diversity and inclusion and organisational change. Her consultancy has worked with global businesses including BP and Arup, particularly in South Africa.

Before setting up her own business, Loraine lead two priority areas, equality and inclusion and employment and skills, in the construction of the Olympic Park, infrastructure, venues and facilities for London 2012, for which she has been awarded an MBE.

Peter Kelly

Director, Poverty Alliance

Peter Kelly has been active in campaigns for social justice for more than 20 years, both as a worker and activist. He joined the Poverty Alliance as Policy Manager in overall day-to-day management of the organisation, as well as leading on the policy and campaigning goals of the network. Peter also represents the Alliance in a variety of forums and networks including Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, the Scottish Drugs Forum, Energy Action Scotland and others. He is currently Vice President of the European Anti-Poverty Network.

He has been a member of a number of official advisory forums including the Scottish Government's Tackling Poverty Program Board and the DWP's Social Inclusion Advisory the Alliance.

Before joining the Alliance he worked at the Scottish Low Pay Unit, helping to campaign for the introduction of the National Minimum Wage.

The Poverty Alliance hosts the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative which awards the Living Wage Employer Mark to employers in Scotland.

Professor Peter McOwan

Vice Principal, External Relations, Queen Mary University of London

Peter McOwan is currently Vice Principle a for external partnerships and public engagement and Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. His research interests are in visual perception, mathematical models for visual processing, in particular motion, cognitive science and biologically inspired hardware and software. He has authored more than 100 papers in these areas. He recently served on the Program Committee for ACII2009, CVPR 2009 and IEEE Artificial Life and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces.

Current research projects include LIREC, an EU FP7 IP, developing long term synthetic companions, an EPSRC programme grant CHI+MED investigating design to reduce human errors in medical software and an EPSRC PPE CS4fn, an outreach project to enthuse schools about computer science research. He was also elected a National Teaching Fellow by the Higher Education Academy in 2008 and was awarded the IET Mountbatten medal in 2011 for his work in promoting computer science. He is also creator of the Qapps project promoting student and staff smartphone applications through Queen Mary's app shop

Paul Regan

Methodist Minister

Paul Regan is a Methodist Minister based in Newham where he has lived since 1972. He is chair of the Social Responsibility Commission of the Methodist London District. He was Director of the Renewal Programme from 1977 to 1994. He then became Chief Executive of Aston-Mansfield – a merger of two Victorian charities - until his retirement in 2005. He has an interest in social enterprise and has set up several charities including Landmark Training which he has chaired since 1981 and Conflict and Change established in 1984 – the first community based mediation service in the UK. He is a trustee of London Catalyst, London Citizens and vice-chair of CitizensUK.

Pam Batty

Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Burberry

Founded in 1856, Burberry is a global luxury brand with a distinctive British identity. Since then, the brand has built a reputation for design, innovation and craftsmanship. 

Pamela joined Burberry in 2012, and has 20 years of experience from across the field of Corporate Responsibility, including serving on the board of the Ethical Trading Initiative for 6 years. The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe.

Whilst at Burberry, Pamela built a global team of sustainability specialists focused on Burberry’s own operations and supply chain, ensuring responsible and sustainable business management.

Paul Sellers

Pay Policy Officer, TUC

Paul Sellers is the TUC’s Pay Policy Officer. He has been involved in the Living Wage campaign since its early days. Paul’s other responsibilities include leading on the National Minimum Wage, holiday pay and working time issues. The TUC has adopted the Living Wage as a key target in its campaigning work. 

Matt Sparkes

Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Linklaters LLP

Matt's first stint in Corporate Responsibility was with Barclays where he delivered the bank's community affairs programme in the West Midlands before taking a role leading all national sponsorships and volunteering. This included devising and developing the award-winning Barclays Spaces for Sports, still the UK's largest ever community sports sponsorship. Looking to get a view from the other side, he moved to regeneration charity Groundwork in 2005 where he was responsible for setting up a new branch in Corby: Groundwork North Northamptonshire. Over three years, the charity grew to 15 staff and a £750k turnover, focusing on youth work, community development and CVS support. Moving to Linklaters, he led their global community investment activity for three years and, latterly, has taken additional responsibility for all corporate responsibility activities.

Shaun Rafferty

Director of Central Services, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Shaun is Director of Central Services at the Joseph Rowntree Foudation & Joseph Rowntree Foudation Housing Trust. He joined the Joseph Rowntree Foundation from The London Borough of Greenwich where he was Director of Human Resources and Organisational Improvement. Shaun has also held senior Human Resources roles with Leeds City Council, worked as Strategic Head of HR at the London Borough of Brent and as Head of Human Resources at Brighton and Hove City Council. Shaun leads Joseph Rowntree Foudation’s work on what it means to be an anti-poverty employer.

Susan Stewart

Group HR Director, Nestlé

Susan Stewart became Group HR Director for Nestlé UK and Ireland in July 2015. In her current role, Susan leads a 165 strong function that provides strategic HR leadership to all Nestlé Group businesses which total over 8,000 people at 20 office, manufacturing and distribution sites. Prior to joining Nestlé in the UK and Ireland, Susan held senior HR roles within Nestlé USA. Susan initially joined Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream in Oakland, California as Director of HR Operations in 2009, a role she held for two years. Susan was then appointed Vice President Human Resources, Nestlé Prepared Foods, Solon, Ohio, where she led the HR team as well as Facilities and Communications teams. In December 2012 Susan returned to Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream in the position of Vice President of HR, a role spanning 4,000 employees across multiple locations within the US market. Susan is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion. Within Nestlé, Susan has been an active champion of the Company’s Women’s Network and helped to successfully expand Nestlé USA’s Diversity Leadership Symposium which resulted in a 50% increase in diverse hires across the business.

Rachel Hopcroft

Director of Corporate Affairs, KPMG

Rachel joined KPMG in March 2016 as Head of Corporate Affairs. Working directly to the chairman, her responsibilities include corporate responsibility and Public Affairs. Prior to joining KPMG, Rachel was Principal Private Secretary to the Cabinet Office (a Director-level post) for 4 years (2012-2016). In addition she has over a decade of experience in the civil service in critical policy and delivery notes largely in the justice and home affairs space. She recently joined the Board of Enactus UK, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Rachel received a CBE in June 2016 for her contribution to public services.

Pernille Hagild

Country HR Manager, IKEA UK/IE

Pernille has spent majority of her career within retail, however for five years of her career she was a High School teacher. Pernille was born in 1965 in Denmark where she lived until moving to London in 2012 with her 3 children. She has a degree in International Marketing followed by several certifications around coaching, personal development and communication. In 2002, Pernille joined IKEA in Denmark, working as a Learning and Development manager in one of the Copenhagen stores, where shortly afterwards she become the Store HR manager. In 2009 she took on the role of the Country HR manager for IKEA Denmark, stepping into the Country management group. In November 2012, Pernille joined the IKEA UK and Ireland organisation and as Country HR Manager, responsible for more than 8,500 co-workers in a business with a turnover of over £1.5billion.

Laura Gardiner

Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Resolution Foundation

Laura is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation, a think tank that works to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. Her work at the Foundation has focused on analysis of the labour market, including pay trends, self-employment and the social care workforce. She now specialises in intergenerational issues, and is secretary to the Intergenerational Commission. Prior to joining the Resolution Foundation Laura spent four years at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, where she worked on unemployment, young people, welfare reform and housing.