Our Steering Group


Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP

Justine was born in Rotherham, where she attended Oakwood Comprehensive School and later graduated from the University of Southampton. She was also awarded an MBA from the London Business School. Justine was Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities from July 2016 to January 2018. She previously served as Secretary of State for International Development, Secretary of State for Transport and Economic Secretary to the Treasury. 


Lord John Bird MBE

John Bird is a social entrepreneur and crossbench life peer. He is best known as the founder of The Big Issue, and his work to help the homeless. As a Crossbencher in the House of Lords, John is working to dismantle and prevent the root causes of poverty in the UK.


David Harrison

Co-founder David has over 30 years business experience and is managing partner of Newcastle upon Tyne based True Potential LLP, one of the UK’s fastest growing financial technology firms and recently named “European Business of the Year.”

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Liv Garfield

Liv has been Chief Executive of Severn Trent since April 2014. Severn Trent is one of the three large water utilities in the UK, and is listed on the UK stock exchange, with two thousand colleagues based in its international water services business. Prior to this Liv was at Chief Executive of Openreach.


Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE

Ruby McGregor-Smith, is the former CEO of Mitie Group PLC, a strategic outsourcing company headquartered in Bristol. She was made a life peer  in August 2015.  Ruby now chairs the Women's Business Council.

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