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Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE

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Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for ‘connecting the unconnected’, inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good in the most challenged communities.

During her tenure as Chief Executive of Business in the Community from 1991 to 2007, Julia worked closely with the President HRH The Prince of Wales in building a movement of 850 member companies. After stepping down as Chief Executive of BITC, Julia served as Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities and, in particular, focused efforts on disadvantaged communities such as Burnley, Tottenham, Redcar and Burslem, which was independently evaluated by Cass Business School. She was made an Honorary Professor of Cass Business School in recognition of her Community work and is now working in support of Blackpool. Her objective, through all her work, is to build a more robust civil society by promoting collaboration among senior leaders from business, government, education and communities.

Julia plays senior leadership roles in charities aiming to transform education and opportunities for young people. Julia co-produced an independent report to the Prime Minister in 2013 setting out a vision for Government, business, the voluntary and education sectors to work together to support young people to engage in social action between the ages of 10 and 20. Julia co-founded Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign, an all party cross-sector campaign with the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales which aims to make meaningful social action a part of life for young people across the UK.

She has served on the National Citizen Service CIC board from 2014, on the Careers and Enterprise Company, is Deputy Chair of the Fair Education Alliance, and Chair of the National Literacy Trust. As Chair of Teach First from 2007 to 2014, and now Vice Patron, Julia has pioneered efforts to address educational disadvantage across the UK. She also serves on the Board of Teach for All, the international partnership with Teach for America that seeks to spread the experience and mission to other interested social entrepreneurs across the world. Finally, Julia chairs Transform – an alliance of Teach First, Police Now, Unlocked, Think Ahead & Frontline to collaborate on the many common issues facing public service leadership, and inspire a whole new generation to take up critical community impact professional roles.