Breakout session 2: speaker profiles

2.1 In conversation: moral leadership - the CEO's role

Sarah Hughes chief executive, Centre for Mental Health 

Twitter: @_Sarah_Hughes_

Sarah has worked in mental health for 28 years and has been the chief executive at Centre for Mental Health for over a year now. Having initially trained as a social worker, Sarah has managed a range of innovative community and secure services. She also led the research and evaluation of the pioneering First Night in Custody project in Holloway Prison which saw the roll out of these principles across the prison estate supported by the Cabinet Office.

In recent years, Sarah has led Mind in Cambridgeshire (among other organisations) which is known for values led practice and high impact campaigns including Stop Suicide and StressLess. 

Sarah is also undertaking a professional doctorate with the Tavistock and Portman Centre studying Women, Resilience and Leadership. She writes a blog and has written many guest pieces for various platforms.

Sarah is passionate about the mental health of the nation and believes it is possible to achieve parity of esteem by drawing on the amazing work already being undertaken across the country.  


2.2 Panel: responding to the climate change emergency

Dr Wanda Wyporska executive director, The Equality Trust 

Twitter: @WandaWyporska

Dr Wanda Wyporska, FRSA is executive director at The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality to improve the quality of life in the UK. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, a trustee of Equally Ours and Governor of a primary school in Tottenham.

She is a commissioner on the Commission for Collective Bargaining and has over a decade of experience working in the trade union movement. First at unionlearn at the TUC and then leading on equalities policy and campaigning at what is now the National Education Union. Wanda is a TEDx speaker, has spoken at the York Festival of Ideas, and chaired a panel at the Women of the World Festival. She regularly comments in the media, having appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze, Sky News, and BBC 1's The Big Questions, among other outlets.

Wanda was a Starun Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford, where she was awarded a doctorate in European History and subsequently published her first book, Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland 1500-1800 in 2013. It was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award. 


2.3 Leadership learning: what's that coming over the hill? Investing responsibly in uncertain times

Chris Queree head of charities, Ruffer Investment Management 

Chris spent 13 years as director at Le Masurier, James & Chinn, now absorbed within the HSBC Group, with responsibility for offshore private clients. He moved to Chiswell Associates in 2001 to focus on charity fund management, before joining Ruffer in 2004 to help develop the firm’s charity business. Chris holds an MBA from Henley Management College and is manager of Ruffer’s Common Investment Fund, the Charity Assets Trust. 


2.4 Panel: encouraging ethical entrepreneurialism

Sarah Mitchell director, Heart of the City

Twitter: @s_j_mitchell

Sarah Mitchell is director of Heart of the City, a charity supporting more than 150 businesses to develop their responsible business activities, with the support of 85 major UK firms. Heart of the City trustees are senior leaders in UK business and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is the charity's Co-President. Prior to this role Sarah was CEO of Carers Network, a central London social care charity, and for several years was head of housing at Crisis, running a major grants programme. Sarah is a chartered accountant by training but has more than 15 years' experience in the charity sector, and is a trustee and vice-chair of the award-winning grant making trust the Nationwide Foundation.


Stephanie Maurel chief executive, Concordia

Stephanie began her career in the commercial sector before moving into customer focused and strategy roles at Sport England with a particular focus on people and diversity, working with a wide range of national and grassroots organisations. Stephanie has a strong background in workforce, having previously written strategies for Sport England that shaped Government policy on Coaching, Volunteering and Leadership.  

Stephanie is currently CEO for Concordia, a charity promoting volunteering internationally and in the UK, as a means to promote intercultural understanding and peace. Concordia supports individual development and positive mental wellbeing through the programmes it offers and has a particular focus on young people. Concordia has a strong commercial arm of the charity which recruits seasonal labour from around the world to support UK farms with their harvest. Concordia is leading the way ethically in terms of overseas recruitment and is one of the only two operators awarded a Government contract to recruit from outside the EU this year. 

Stephanie is Chair of her county sports partnership, a charity delivering sustainable sport and health activity in the South East, and for the National Childbirth Trust – she is involved in the governance, finance and risk committees of both. Stephanie feels strongly about the rights of women and girls and is a trained mentor supporting women working within the charity sector as well as a lead mentor for a charity working with teenage girls from deprived backgrounds.


2.5 Hack: ethical fundraising, sustainable giving - leading responsible fundraising in challenging times

Peter Lewis chief executive, Institute of Fundraising

Twitter: @piterk68

Peter became CEO of the Institute of Fundraising in September 2011, and speaks around the world on fundraising and philanthropy.

He has worked for homeless charity Crisis, been CEO of the London Cycling Campaign and London Voluntary Service Council and held a senior role for the London Mayor.

He is a board member of Mike’s Table, a trustee of Centre for London, is the former chair of Streetdoctors, and was a board member of the London Marathon and London Youth Games.