Caroline Ellis – Chair
Caroline has over 20 years’ experience across a range of organisations and sectors, as Director of her own health, wellbeing and social inclusion businesses, as Senior Director of Stonewall, as a trustee for Clore Social Leadership and, currently, as a social and organisational change consultant. She empowers people to have a positive impact on their world: on their own lives, communities and workplaces. She does this by helping people think differently about themselves, the context they live and work in, and the many systems they interact with. She enables people to think beyond themselves. She changes perspectives, innovates and transforms, and always steps back and give others the power to build sustainable change
She is currently working with Liberty, Fawcett Society, Aviva, Advocacy Assembly, Roundhouse, NHS Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, Cardiff University and a number of government departments. As part of the Civil Society Futures Inquiry, she is hosting conversations exploring how we can address specific inequalities in our society without increasing divisions between communities and groups.
Kate Ormiston Smith – Treasurer
Kate has a background in the professional services. Having joined the graduate program at PwC, she gained her chartered accountancy qualification and worked on a wide range of financial reports. The audit of Plan UK spurred Kate’s interest in the non-profit sector. After a career break volunteering in East Africa, Kate returned to join the Sustainability practice of PwC, where her focus was on the non-financial reporting of large international corporations, in the many forms that currently takes. Kate now works at The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet. She has just moved back from nearly 3 years in NYC to open a London office. Kate studied Accounting and Computing at the University of Leeds.
Sue is the Head of Corporate Stewardship Finance within WWF-UK and has been with WWF-UK since 2010. Previously Sue had been with Barclays for 23 years and had undertaken a number of senior roles, including Financial Controller for the Global Retail and Commercial Bank, Head of the Finance and Reporting Service Centre, and Group Programme Director, Sarbanes Oxley. Sue is a chartered accountant with 23 years of experience in the finance sector and a German degree (BA Honours) from Exeter University.
Hanna Naima McCloskey
Hanna is of Algerian-British heritage and the Founder & CEO of Fearless Futures. She has worked for the UN, NGOs and the Royal Bank of Scotland, across communications, research and finance roles; and has lived, studied and worked in Israel-Palestine, Italy, USA, Sudan, Syria and the UK. She has a BA in English and an MA in International Relations with a specialism in Conflict Management. Hanna’s areas of interest (and her day job!) lie in the area of challenging interconnected inequalities through new leadership, having dedicated the last eight years to researching, living and exploring the literature and practice of creating socially just, empowered and inclusive communities and workplaces. Hanna also engages in leading education on bringing anti-discrimination and intersectionality to design thinking.