We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Jan McKenley-Simpson, Charles Leadbeatter and Claire Whitaker to our Board of Trustees.
Jan McKenley-Simpson, Director of Public Service at Heart Limited, is a qualified teacher, researcher and coach and works as a Leadership Coach on a range of educational and social care programmes. She was lead HMI for LA and Schools Inspections, a London Challenge Adviser and Civil Servant. She has worked extensively with school leaders and teacher trainers, and has designed and delivered many leadership development programmes, specialising in programmes to develop black and ethnic minority school leaders. Jan is a social historian involved with the University of Sussex, the British Library and the Black Cultural Archive. She is currently working with Innovation Unit on REAL Projects in partnership with the Education Endowment Fund and High Tech High, US. She also works on the DfE Children’s Social Work Innovation Programme, supporting a number of projects which are looking at new ways of working with adolescents on the edge of care.
Charles Leadbeater, Advisor to the Department for Education’s Innovation Unit, is an independent author and a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and in 2005 was ranked by Accenture as one of the top management thinkers in the world. Previously an associate editor of the Independent, he wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship, and his report on the potential for the web to generate social change led to the creation of the Social Innovation Camp movement. A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, Charles has worked extensively as a senior adviser to governments and spent ten years working for the Financial Times, moving to the Independent in 1994. He is also Visiting senior fellow at the British National Endowment for Science Technology & the Arts; senior research associate, Demos; visiting fellow, Oxford University’s Said Business School; Fellow, NESTA; Fellow, Young Foundation; Co-founder of Participle and Chair, Nominet Trust.
Claire Whitaker is a Director of Serious, the awarding winning producer of live music working across the UK and Internationally. She is currently Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society, the leading civil society organisation across the Commonwealth and helped to found the Caine Prize for African Writing. Previously she was Director of Africa 95, a cross-arts celebration of the art of Africa which took place across the UK and the African continent with President Nelson Mandela as its patron.
Claire has an MA in Cultural Leadership and was awarded an OBE for Services to Jazz in 2015. Claire is passionate about enabling wide and diverse audiences to experience music, arts and culture.
Jane Hamlyn, Chair, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said:
The appointment of Jan McKenley, Charles Leadbeater and Claire Whitaker have brought valuable skills and insight to the Board. We are determined to be a Foundation that looks to the future and I look forward to working with all of our trustees to help shape the Foundation, benefiting from their wide range of skills and expertise.