The opportunities for creating a good society and a strong economy are too important to leave to one sector but too often the voluntary, public and private sectors act as though each has a monopoly on what to do.
We all talk about partnership but we end up working in silos; we talk about trust but build barriers to creating that trust; we talk about learning from each other, but fail to value the contribution people make who come with different experiences.
We can do something about it.
The contribution each sector makes is enhanced by interaction, understanding and co-operation: the combined effect really is greater than the sum of the parts.
I believe we all have a part to play and I’m committed to making sure that equality and diversity underpin all we do. I’m passionate about making sure women’s voices are heard and women’s experiences are recognised. Often that experience is gained in voluntary sector roles: that experience is transferable.
I’m working with civil society bodies, with business, social enterprises and with the public sector to build the connections, to recognise our differences and turn them to our advantage for the common good. I know how regulation can help and hinder; how leadership can inspire; how vital it is to challenge and hold to account and how important it is to build bridges.
I am an experienced Chair, Chief Executive, Trustee and Non-Executive Director of many public and third sector bodies.
I have been an advisor to the social sector, the corporate sector and community businesses. I work extensively with the UK and devolved governments; I chair a governmental Arms Length Body and I’m involved at Chair level with other non-Departmental Public Bodies.
I also work in Universities and other academic bodies and I am a Visiting Professor at the Business, School, City, University of London and a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. I chair and am involved in a number of voluntary organisations.
My work is focused on linking the corporate and voluntary sectors, supporting social enterprise to tackle environmental and sustainability issues, promoting the arts and encouraging women’s leadership.
I have received a number of honours including a CBE and earlier an OBE together with several honorary Doctorates and Fellowships and a number of awards of Excellence.Less