The Inclusive Economy Partnership is supported by an Advisory Board of Champions from business and civil society.
Meet the entrepreneurial leaders that are driving the Inclusive Economy Partnership.
The Inclusive Economy Partnership is supported by an Advisory Board of Champions from business and civil society.
Sebastian Munden is the Executive Vice President & General Manager, Unilever UK & Ireland and joined Unilever in 1990 as a marketing trainee at Lever Brothers in the UK after completing his MA in English Language and Literature at Oxford University. After several brand management and customer team positions in Home and Personal Care, he was appointed category director for Laundry UK in 1997.
Sebastian then went on to hold various senior roles across the US and Europe before being appointed Vice President of the Laundry Category for Europe in 2008 and head of Global Marketing Operations in 2012.
Sebastian now leads the UK & Ireland business, a position he has held since 2017. Sebastian has pioneered new ways of working across Unilever to accelerate the agility of the business, helping to respond to the challenges of today’s competitive environment in an ever more connected world. He champions the sustainable packaging agenda and the inclusion of more diverse young talent in the workforce, and into Unilever. He is married to Elisabeth and has two children.
Deb Oxley OBE is the CEO of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), a politically independent membership organization that supports and represents over 400 employee-owned businesses in the UK. With approximately 200,000 employees, the UK’s employee-owned sector is currently the fastest growing business sector in the UK, contributing more than £30bn a year to UK GDP.
Deb has over 30 years’ business experience across private and public sectors. After founding and running her own small business, Deb joined the EOA in 2012, becoming Chief Executive in 2015. Deb leads engagement and campaigning to influence government and policy makers, raising awareness of the benefits of employee ownership.
In 2017, Deb led a national inquiry into the economic and social effects of employee ownership, the largest analysis of employee ownership ever undertaken in the UK. This inquiry heard evidence from over 100 employee-owned businesses and advisors and involved a panel of over 20 UK business organisations, including the LEP Network, Federation of Small Businesses, British Chambers of Commerce and Institute of Directors. The findings from this inquiry were published in the Ownership Dividend Report. It found employee-owned businesses are more productive, have higher levels of staff engagement and are more resilient in comparison to non-EO businesses.
Deb was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s honours list for her services to employee ownership and social enterprise. She is also is a member of the Government Mutuals Advisory Group, and a member of the Managing Partners Forum.
Caroline Mason is the CEO of The Esmée Fairbain Society. Before joining Esmée, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and preceding that, Charity Bank. Caroline was also the co-founder of Investing for Good, a social investment advisory firm and one of the first Community Interest Companies. Before joining the social sector, Caroline had an eighteen-year track record of creative and innovative product development in the financial services sector. With Reuters, she managed the global development of real-time news and television services and then pioneered the introduction of web technology products. She also had her own consulting company, working with several financial institutions to develop new business and products including an electronic brokering service and a global wealth management business for a private bank. Caroline is a Board Member of the Environment Agency.
Kelly Devine is the Divisional President, UK & Ireland at Mastercard. In her role Kelly is responsible for the strategy, direction and overall success of all aspects of Mastercard’s business across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Prior to this role Kelly was SVP for Account Management and Business Development for the UK & Ireland, leading Mastercard’s consumer issuing relationships, including those with high street retail banks such as Lloyds, HSBC, RBS, Santander, TSB, Tesco and Bank of Ireland.
Kelly joined Mastercard in 2015 to lead the division’s commercial payments business. Before joining Mastercard, Kelly spent ten years at American Express, latterly as VP of Customer Experience responsible for selling and delivering consulting services. She’s held roles in Business Development, Salesforce Effectiveness and Product Management, as well as Chief of Staff for the Vice Chairman.
Kelly began her career as a consultant at PwC, after gaining her degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Olly is the Managing Director of Accenture's UK and Ireland business. He joined Accenture in 1992 into the Strategy practice and continues today to consult to clients in a variety of industries.
Before joining, Olly worked for Conoco; and prior to that role, he was with British Aerospace as an Aeronautical Engineer. Olly is a member of the CBI President's Committee and holds board positions with the Business Disability Forum and e-skills UK. Olly is also the Corporate Citizenship Council member for the UKI.
Accenture if one of the driving forces behind the 'Movement To Work' programme - 240 employers working to offer placements for unemployed young people.
Dame Julia Cleverdon is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected', inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good. As Vice President of Business in the Community and former Special Adviser to The Price's Charities - concentrating on responsible business practice and focusing connecting the unconnected in disadvantaged communities - she promotes collaboration among senior leaders from business, government, education and community organisations to build a more robust civil society.
Following her 2012 government review on increasing young people's engagement in social action, Julia co-founded the #iwill Campaign, also known as Step Up To Serve, which convened by the Prince of Wales and launched with the support of three party leaders in November 2013. She is now a trustee of Step Up To Serve, which by 2020 aims to get 60 percent of young people involved in practical action in the service of others.
Steve Murrells became Co-op Group CEO in March 2017 having previously led the Co-op's Food business since 2012. Steve now has overall responsibility for all the Co-op's businesses - Food, Funeralcare, Insurance, Legal Services and the newly launched Co-op Health.
Steve has led on Co-op campaigns to address issues that are important to Co-op's members. Including raising over £12m for the Global Water Fund through the sale of bottled water and committing the business to tackle the scourge of modern slavery with the creation of the Bright Futures employment programme, supporting survivors of modern slavery with paid work placements.
Previous to joining the Co-op, Steve has held senior leadership roles in European and UK based food retail businesses, including Sainsbury's and Tesco. Steve spent three years in manufacturing as CEO of the UK division of Danish Crown before joining the Co-op.
Chief Executive of the National Lottery Community Fund, Dawn has led the development of the organisation's new strategic framework; for the period between 2015 and 2021. Before stepping into the post, Dawn led the UK-based grant-maker Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for either years.
She is committed to positioning the National Lottery Community Fund as a catalyst for, and champion of, grassroots activity, not just in terms of funding but also importantly in sharing learning, data and networks. Dawn's earlier career was in the arts as deputy director of the British Museum and project director at Tate Modern. She is also a trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, which looks after the Tower of London and Kensington Palace.
Immy is co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Powered by a 6,000 sq. ft. collaborative workshop in the heart of Birmingham, the Impact Hub is an engine for passion, learning and outcomes where together, the community work to build a better, more fair city.
Immy is Director of Project 00, a collaborative studio of architects, strategic designers, programmers, social scientists, economists and urban designers practicing design beyond its traditional borders. Ventures include WikiHouse, Open Desk, Civic Systems Lab and more.
Immy was also one of the founding team members that produced Birmingham's first ever TEDx. Over the last 5 years, Immy has curated and produced TEDxBrum as curator and licensee.
Responsible for the executive leadership and day-to-day management of the Company, to ensure the delivery of the strategy agreed by the Board. Through his leadership of the Executive Committee, he demonstrates commitment to safety, operational and financial performance.
John is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and of the Institution of Energy and Technology. Since he joined the Group, he has progressed through the Company and held a variety of senior management roles. Roles included Director of Engineering in the UK, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the US Electricity Distribution & Generation business, Chief Operating Officer for UK Gas Distribution and UK Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2014.
Joe joined Nationwide as CEO in April 2016 from BT Group where he was Chief Executive of Openreach. Joe has a 20 year career spanning financial services at HSBC, telecommunications at BT, consumer goods at Procter and Gamble and retailing at Dixons. In his time running HSBC's UK bank, he built one of the best-rated banks for service on the high street, looking after 15 million personal and business customers and a UK balance sheet of over £250 billion. He was also responsible for Marks and Spencer Bank, First Direct and The John Lewis Partnership Card. Outside of work, he is an enthusiastic triathlete and Chairman of the British Triathlon Foundation Trust.
Nationwide is the largest building society in the world. Mutual status with 15m members. 1% of profits donated to good causes. Extensive programmes around financial resilience and housing and have channelled more than £21 million into community and charity support in the past 5 years.
Sacha is CEO of Fair4All Finance, which has been founded to support the financial wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in society. Their ambition is to increase access to fair, affordable and appropriate financial products and services. She is also co-chair of the Inclusive Economy Partnership.
She was previously the first female CEO of Grant Thornton, a major accountancy firm in the UK, running a £500m business with over 5,000 UK employees. As CEO, Sacha led a cross-firm initiative to make the UK a "vibrant economy" which has included a "100 Faces of the Vibrant Economy Campaign" an event programme and programme for change. She is a leader in the responsible and purposeful business movement.
Mark joined UnLtd as CEO in 2016, having had extensive previous experience in charity and social enterprise sectors, most recently as Chief Executive of CW+, the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Mark and his team successfully introduced social enterprise into CW+'s work, designing and delivering the UK's first successful health social impact bond and supporting clinicians in the development of social ventures across retinal diagnostics, laser surgery and maternity emergencies.
Prior to this, he was the first salaried partner at Leader's Quest, building leadership among CEOs boards and directors as well as social entrepreneurs around the world. He was previously a Trustee of the foundatino of social investor Bridges Ventures, overseeing Bridges' Social Entrepreneurs' Fund and its portfolio of investments, and had early roles at the British Red Cross and Diabetes UK.
UnLtd is a leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. It has strong networks, especially with early-stage entrepreneurs.