Martin Lewis OBE

Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert, is the journalist and consumer campaigner who created MoneySavingExpert.com and is now the site’s Executive Chair. Martin also founded and chairs the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute charity.

He’s the UK’s most-googled man, Citizens Advice’s Consumer Champion of the Year, and has spearheaded major financial justice campaigns including bank charges reclaiming (over seven million template letters downloaded), PPI reclaiming (over six million) and a successful large-scale campaign to get financial education in schools. He has his own prime-time ITV programme, The Martin Lewis Money Show, as well as a range of other regular media slots. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2014.

The Rt Hon Baroness Morgan of Cotes

The Rt Hon Baroness Morgan of Cotes was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. She served as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities from July 2014 to July 2016. She served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury in October 2013. Nicky served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women from April until July 2014. She was elected Conservative MP for Loughborough in 2010.

Nick Timothy

Nick Timothy is a columnist at the Daily Telegraph. He is also the author of Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism and a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University. A former Downing Street chief of staff, he now serves as a Non-Executive Director in the Department for Education and as a member of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

 

 

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE

Chief Executive and Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE joined as our Chief Executive and Registrar in January 2019. Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care.

She joined us from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) where she was the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care since October 2013. While there she led on the regulation and inspection of adult social care including residential and nursing homes and domiciliary care. Andrea was also responsible for the registration team, supporting all health and care sectors.

Prior to that she had roles as the Chief Executive at Social Care Institute for Excellence and also Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission. She was also an Executive Director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for seven years.

In July 2016, in recognition of her work in social care, Andrea received an Honorary Award of Doctor of Science from the University of Leeds. She was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

Mike Clancy

General Secretary of the Prospect union

Mike Clancy is general secretary of Prospect, a trade union representing more than 147,000 professional, technical and creative people in both public and private sectors. He was elected in March 2012 and is currently serving his second term.

Mike has over 30 years’ experience as a trade union officer, including ten years serving as an employment tribunal member. In 2002, he was appointed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He was appointed to ACAS, the conciliation service’s council, in May 2016. Mike joined the Nuclear Industry Council in March 2017 and was appointed as a CAC member in 2019. Mike is also a member of the Trades Union Congress executive committee and the general council.

Mike holds a degree in law, an MA in industrial relations and an MBA (Cranfield). He is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has held several board level positions in government trading funds and the skills environment. In 2019 he was appointed as a Trustee at People’s History Museum in Manchester. In his spare time Mike is a keen footballer and Everton fan.

Ndidi Okezie

CEO of UK Youth

Ndidi is an influential public advocate, delivering transformational change in a variety of contexts. Joining UK Youth as CEO in January 2020, Ndidi was previously Vice President of the Secondary School Portfolio for Pearson PLC, having been a teacher and then School Leader for 10 years. She then spent six years on the executive board for Teach First where she oversaw Youth Access Programmes, Community Action and Alumni Development.

Ndidi is deeply committed to youth work, life skills development, and youth equality. In 2013 she was a member of the Department for Education’s Youth Work in Education Committee and currently sits on the Department for Education’s Character Education Advisory Group. Ndidi is also a board member for youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint UK, the National Citizen Service and The Mulberry Schools Trust.

Professor Donna Hall CBE

Chair of the New Local Government Network (NLGN)

Donna has been described as a “public service pioneer” by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.

She was awarded a CBE in 2009 for innovation in public service and was Transformational Leader in the Northern Powerwomen Awards 2017. She was CEO of Wigan Council for 8 years and developed The Wigan Deal – a new relationship with residents which delivered 160 million savings and improved services and resident satisfaction. She was also accountable officer for the CCG at Wigan. She created another social contract with residents while CEO at Chorley Council – The Chorley Smile.

She is a passionate feminist who championed “Believe in Her” and led a major equality change programme to ensure Wigan Council now has a zero gender pay gap.

She is now the chair of the innovative national think tank the New Local Government Network and the Chair of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. She was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester in August 2019 and is a Non Executive Adviser to Birmingham City Council. She is also an Integrated Care System Adviser to NHS England.

Adopted as a child she is passionate about person-centred public services and communities.

Vidhya Alakeson

Chief Executive of Power to Change

Vidhya is the founding Chief Executive of Power to Change, an independent trust established in 2015 to support the growth of community businesses across England as a means to creating more prosperous and cohesive communities. To date, Power to Change has invested over £60 million and supported 1,000 community businesses through targeted grants and support programmes.

Vidhya has extensive policy experience, having worked in a number of think tanks and in government in both the UK and US. Prior to setting up Power to Change, Vidhya was Deputy Chief Executive at the Resolution Foundation, a leading public policy think tank working on issues that affect low and middle income families.

Vidhya is a board member of More in Common, a global initiative seeking to reduce polarisation in developed societies, and a trustee of the Young Foundation which aims to develop better connected and more sustainable communities across the UK. She regularly advises organisations, including local and national government, on the role of community business in promoting regeneration and writes and speaks regularly on issues relating to community-led development and inclusive growth.

Josh Hardie

Josh is CBI Deputy Director-General

An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning work.

From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone’s business, all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards.

This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can driver prosperity forward across the UK, working with Government to ensure their policy supports this and communicating with stakeholders to help demonstrate the impact business can have.

Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer’s business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.

Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating behavior change strategies and campaigns for businesses, government departments and the voluntary sector, and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.

Hetan Shah

Chief Executive of the British Academy

Hetan Shah is Chief Executive of the British Academy and previously Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London, chair of the Friends Provident Foundation and deputy chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute. He is also trustee of St George’s House.

Lord Wood of Anfield

Lord Wood of Anfield is a Labour member of the House of Lords and a Fellow of Magdalen College, where he taught politics from 1995–2011. From 2001–2007 he was a member of the Treasury’s Council of Economic Advisers, working on a range of public policy issues for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

From 2007-2010 he worked at 10 Downing Street as a Senior Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, leading on foreign policy (Europe, USA & Middle East); culture, media & sports policy; and Northern Irish affairs. He was a member of the Labour Shadow Cabinet & an adviser to Ed Miliband from 2010-2015. He writes regularly on issues of contemporary public policy. His research and teaching focused on political economy in western Europe and issues of public policy – ranging from training and skills policy to constitutional reform.