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.

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 Living Wage Scotland which awards the Living Wage Employer mark to employers in Scotland.

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.

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.

Afzal Rahman

Policy Officer, TUC

Afzal is Policy Officer at the TUC where he leads the TUC's work on pay, the Living Wage, the minimum wage and working time issues. The TUC exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. It brings together more than 5.5 million working people across 48 trade unions. 

Laura Gardiner

Research Director, Resolution Foundation

Laura is the Research Director 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.

Claire Townson

Director of Corporate Services, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Claire is Director of Corporate Services for JRF and JRHT. She provides leadership to the corporate services team which includes People and Internal Communications, IT, Health and Safety, Governance and Financial Services.

Prior to joining in 2013, Claire was HR director for a national charity that provides services to tackle problem drug and alcohol use and worked for Motorola in a variety of senior European HR roles. Claire is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chair of Governors for New Earswick Primary School, and has a BA in Economics from the University of York. 

John Hume

Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust

John is Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust. Through its funding and support, the Trust encourages resident-focused approaches as a means of addressing the underlying structural causes of health inequalities.

He is a member of the Advisory Board for NIHR’s School for Public Health Research and Chair of the Living Wage Friendly Funder Committee for the Living Wage Foundation.

John was previously the Deputy Head of Programmes for Big Lottery Fund's £500m health programme, ran his own business for several years and headed up V's £100m corporate match fund programmes. As well as leading operations planning at both Big and the Care Quality Commission, John also worked in learning disability/mental health services, where he set up and ran a community resource centre, and was once the CEO of Graeae Theatre Company.

Sara Hopkins

Executive Director, Cynnal Cymru- Sustain Wales

Sarah joined Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales in January 2020. Cynnal Cymru is the leading independent sustainable development charity in Wales and the accrediting body for the Living Wage in Wales. 

Sarah began her career as a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, later moving to the corporate responsibility team and implementing Community Investment and Social Mobility programmes.  In 2014, Sarah joined H&M Group as Sustainability Manager, leading the sustainability strategy for the supply chains in Cambodia and Vietnam. Whilst at H&M, Sarah worked with manufacturers, government and international trade unions on promoting a living wage for the garment sector through the Action Collaboration Transformation (ACT) initiative. 

Jatin Patel

Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality Manager at KPMG UK

Jatin joined KPMG in 2017 to help drive the firm’s social mobility strategy. Since then, Jatin has overseen the launch of KPMG Fairer Futures campaign, and helped the business finish in the top two of the Social Mobility Employer Index three years running. Today, he works as a policy and advocacy lead within the firm’s Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality team. Jatin previously led policy and campaigns for Impetus – a charity dedicated to improving education and employment outcomes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is also a trustee for Action Tutoring.

Dr Philippa Lloyd

Vice-Principal, Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Queen Mary University

Philippa Lloyd is a physicist by background with a PhD in atmospheric physics. Whilst working in Government, she held a variety of policy and corporate roles and has acted as Principal Private Secretary to three Secretaries of State.

Dr Lloyd took up the post of Director General, People and Strategy in September 2012 in what was then the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In July 2016, responsibility for higher and adult further education was moved to the Department for Education, where she became the Director General responsible for higher and further education post-16.

In 2019, Philippa took on the role of Vice-Principal of Policy and Strategic Partnerships at Queen Mary University of London, a role which will focus on policy and partnership development at the local, regional and international level.

Carin Hammer Blakbrough

Country HR Manager, IKEA UK & Ireland

Carin was born in 1975 in Sweden, but she has lived more than half of her life abroad; in France as well as in Switzerland (Geneva and Zurich) and now in the UK. She is married and has a nine year old son.

Prior to her career in HR, she worked at the United Nations, in Asset Management as well as in a Hedge Fund. She has a Master in Economics as well as an MAS in HRM & Career Management from the University of Geneva.

Carin joined IKEA Group in 2011 as Learning and Development Manager and progressed to various roles throughout the business before taking on her current role as Country HR Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland in September 2017. She says that diversity of cultures and people have enriched her life and fueled her passion for transformational leadership and equality.

Carin is now responsible for the wellbeing of more than 11,000 IKEA co-workers across both the UK & Ireland.

Kirsty Davies-Warner

Head of Wales, Oxfam

Kirsty joined Oxfam in 2014 as Head of Wales. In this role she lead Oxfam's Cymru's programme, policy and advocacy, delivering an integrated programme seeking to address and challenge the injustice of poverty. During this time, Kirsty also Chaired the Disasters Emergency Committee in Wales. In 2018 Kirsty was promoted to be the Head of UK Programme at Oxfam, overseeing the UK wide programme which includes domestic as well as international advocacy and Global Citizenship Education.

Prior to this Kirsty was Deputy Director at Wales' leading think tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs.  As well as being a local councillor and then Cabinet Member for Social Services, Kirsty was also the founding Chair of the Women's Equality Network in Wales. With a strong background in politics and local government, Kirsty brings a strong commitment to ending the injustice of poverty, locally and globally, making it central to public and political life. 

Kim Healey

People Director, Everton Football Club

Kim Healey joined Everton as Head of Human Resources in 2015, having had more than 15 years’ experience of leading HR functions at Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers. She played an integral role in Everton entering The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the first time in February 2018. Kim was promoted to the position of People Director in June 2018. The creation of this position is recognition, that to be successful, we need to attract and retain the best talent on and off the pitch.

As People Director, Kim aims to create an inspired, inclusive and diverse workplace where everyone can work to their full potential.She has responsibility for employee engagement, wellbeing, learning and development, safeguarding and equality and diversity, ensuring best practice is followed across the business. Kim’s prominence in HR has seen her become fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Ben Johnson

Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London, Business and Digital Policy

Ben advises the Mayor of London on matters relating to business, science and technology, growth and economic fairness. In this role Ben chairs the Greater London Authority’s steering group on economic fairness, and works with the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and senior GLA officials to develop and implement policies to promote fair pay, good working conditions, financial inclusion and opportunity.

Before joining the Mayor’s team at City Hall, Ben worked on Sadiq Khan’s campaign to become Mayor of London, and prior to that as Head of Policy Development at The Labour Party. He has also served as a local councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Clare Kearney

Head of People Engagement, Everton

With over 20 years reward and recognition experience gained from working across multiple industry sectors, Clare has built significant expertise in designing effective and affordable reward strategies, aligned to the strategic direction of the business.  Clare first came across Everton during her time at PwC whilst working with the Club to implement strong reward foundations.  Gaining the opportunity to work permanently for the Club has been a fantastic opportunity to continue to shape a holistic reward and recognition strategy under the vision of the Club’s People Director, Kim Healey.  With the reach and influence Everton Football Club has, supporting the Living Wage is a vital part of this strategy, as is supporting employees with their financial wellbeing, which will feature heavily in the Club’s agenda moving forward.


Patrick Spencer

Head of Work and Welfare Unit, Centre for Social Justice

Patrick is Head of Work and Welfare Unit at the CSJ focusing on productivity, economic growth, skills and employment. He has a BA in Politics from the University of Leeds and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington DC. Prior to joining the CSJ he worked for 4 years in the financial services and public affairs industry.

Matthew Bolton

Chief Executive, Citizens UK

Matthew Bolton has pioneered community organising as a force for social change and democratic renewal. With 15 years experience as an Organiser and now Director at Citizens UK, he has helped build a nation-wide alliance of tens of thousands of active citizens and trained community leaders. Matthew was the lead Organiser for the UK Living Wage campaign, which has now accredited nearly 5,000 Living Wage Employers and won over £800m for low-paid workers. He has helped orchestrate successful campaigns to tackle payday lenders, increase genuinely affordable housing, change Government policy on refugees, as well as many neighbourhood changes. Matthew is the author of How to Resist, an internationally renowned book on organising and campaigning, and coaches senior leaders in civil society organisations on how to unlock the power of their membership and realise a more radical mission. Matthew is a Trustee of the London Community Land Trust affordable housing provider. He lives with his wife and two children in South London and is a black-belt in Wu Shu Kwan Chinese Boxing and an Advanced PADI scuba diver. He loves Spurs and is no stranger to defeat.