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.  


Danny Sriskandarajah chief executive, Oxfam GB

Twitter: @dhnnjyn

Danny Sriskandarajah was appointed as the chief executive of Oxfam GB in January. Until December 2018, he was the secretary general of CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations. Prior to that, Danny was director general of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a large NGO devoted to Commonwealth affairs based in London, and was the first non-British and youngest person to head this 140-year-old organisation.


2.2 Panel: responding to the climate change emergency  

Stephen Hale OBE chief executive, Refugee Action

 Twitter: @SHGeneva

Stephen is chief executive of Refugee Action, a national charity that aims to enable all asylum seekers and refugees to access justice and rebuild their lives successfully in the UK. 

Prior to this Stephen worked at Oxfam International as Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director from 2010-15, with responsibility for Oxfam’s global campaigns and advocacy. 

Stephen was Director of the UK charity Green Alliance from 2006-10, and was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in 2011. Prior to this he was a special advisor to UK government ministers from 2002-06, focusing on climate change. 

Stephen was a trustee of the international development charity Christian Aid from 2007-10, Friends of the Earth from 2014-18, and the Samworth Foundation from 2016-19. 


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. 

Juliet Davenport, founder and CEO, Good Energy

Twitter: @DavenportJuliet

Juliet is a renewable energy pioneer who has helped lead the transition to a greener, cleaner future. She is the founder and chief executive officer of Good Energy – the first 100% dedicated renewable electricity supplier in the UK.

Juliet has been an innovator for over 20 years, working on ideas to fight climate change and transform the energy sector for the better. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables.

She currently sits on the board of the Natural Environment Research Council, the Renewable Energy Association and Innovate UK and is Vice President of the Energy Institute. In addition, she sits on the advisory boards of leading UK think tanks, including Aurora, Oxford Energy, and LSE’s Grantham Institute. Juliet is passionate about creating a business that does good and delivers the needs of society in a purposeful way.


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.


James Blake chief executive, YHA (England & Wales)

Twitter: @JamesBlakeYHA

James Blake joined YHA in 2017 as chief executive, following a senior level career in central and local government, most recently as chief executive of St Albans City and District Council. 

A geographer by background he completed a PhD in sustainable development in the countryside before spending 10 years in national Government as a senior civil servant in the Department for Communities and Local Government where he specialised in policy on local government, regeneration and social inclusion. 

He followed this by a move into local government when he was the chief executive of the District Council in St Albans for nearly five years before joining YHA. 

The parallels of his role in local government have stood him in good stead at YHA, where his role requires him to juggle the need to generate revenue in a competitive environment with delivering real public benefit and impact.

Prior to joining the social enterprise charity as chief executive, James had a long affinity with YHA, from teenage travels in the Lake District, through to using YHA for groups when he was at university and most recently travelling with his family. He was also a YHA Trustee for more than 12 years until 2014, so has seen at first hand YHA’s transformation over the last few years into the organisation it is today. 

James has also held various non-executive roles and is currently a Governor of the University of Hertfordshire.


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.