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MEET OUR PATRON

Lord Hastings Of Scarisbrick CBE
Global Head Of Citizenship, KPMG International
Lord Hastings is KPMG’s Global Head Of Citizenship And Diversity. He was previously the BBC’s first Head Of Corporate Social Responsibility, a role he took on after leading the Corporation’s public affairs.

A non-executive Director of British Telecom and Trustee of the Vodafone Group, he also represents KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum and is a board director of the Global Reporting Initiative.

As well as being Patron of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, he works with and supports Millennium Promise UK, UNICEF, the UK’s Council Of The Overseas Development Institute and the USA’s Centre For Global Development.

In 2003 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to crime reduction, including fifteen years as Chairman of Crime Concern, and in 2005 he was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House Of Lords by Her Majesty The Queen.


MEET OUR FOUNDER

Professor Heather McGregor CBE 
Chair, Taylor Bennett & Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School
Heather is the principal shareholder and non-executive Chairman of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett, having bought the company from its founders in 2004.

In her early career she worked in financial PR and investor relations before doing an MBA at the London Business School and joining ABN Amro as a sellside analyst. She then spent eight years with the bank, working in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, before joining Taylor Bennett in 2000. In 2016 she became Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, the graduate school of business of Heriot Watt University.

As well as founding the Taylor Bennett Foundation in 2008, Heather was also a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the UK’s publicly quoted companies. She is also an experienced writer and broadcaster, and wrote under the pseudonym Mrs Moneypenny in the Financial Times for seventeen years.


MEET OUR BOARD

The TBF Board provides governance for the charity while also setting the long-term objectives of the Foundation to ensure it achieves its mission of bringing about more diversity in the PR and communication sector.


Chair: Sarah Pinch
MD, Pinch Point Communications 
Sarah is MD of Pinch Point Communications and a Non-Executive Director of the Health and Safety Executive.

She started her career as a journalist with the BBC, leaving in 2000 to work in PR, she has worked in international development, public transport and the NHS. In 2011 she won the inaugural Institute of Directors and Chartered Institute of Public Relations PR Director of the Year award for her work with the board at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2013 she founded Pinch Point Communications, an agency working across all sectors on a range of internal and external communications initiatives designed to enhance, manage and defend reputation.

Sarah has served as a trustee for Send a Cow, vice chair of Governors at Bishop Road School and was President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in 2015, she lives in Bristol and has recently discovered the joy of running.


Vice-Chair: John Lehal
CEO, Four Public Affairs 
John Lehal is CEO of Four Public Affairs, a 50-strong team of public policy and corporate communications professionals. The team advise clients in a range of sectors on political reputation management, market access, and integrated campaigns.

A former parliamentary candidate, following the 1997 election John worked in Parliament as a Researcher before moving into consultancy. Prior to joining Four Communications Group, he was Managing Director of Insight Consulting Group. Having founded the agency in 2006, John ran the team until it was acquired by Four Communications Group in January 2017.

John frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on issues relating to politics and public policy and has been recognised by Total Politics magazine as one of the UK’s leading lobbyists. For many years he has featured in the PR Week Power Book and writes regularly for the media on public policy issues including for The Times, Huffington Post, Public Finance and Total Politics.

John chaired an independent commission on behalf of the PRCA on diversity and broadening access to the PR industry. He is a Trustee of Intern Aware and, after serving as an Ambassador of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, he was appointed Vice-Chair in October 2017.


Matthew Wall
Managing Director, Taylor Bennett
Matthew became a Trustee of the Taylor Bennett Foundation in 2018. As Managing Director of Taylor Bennett, he has had a close involvement with the Foundation since its creation in 2008.

At Taylor Bennett, Matthew leads international searches in the fields of corporate affairs, government relations and sustainability. He also manages global assignments and projects in conjunction with Taylor Bennett’s Asia offices, its DACH region partner, GK Personalberatung, and US-based partners, Heyman Associates.

A graduate of the London Business School’s Emerging Leaders Programme, Matthew previously read Latin American Studies and Spanish at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


Femi Bola MBE
Independent Development Consultant
Femi is a National Teaching Fellow, executive coach, mentor and former Director Of Employability at the University Of East London.

Femi has worked successfully with disadvantaged learners in schools, colleges, universities and employment for over 20 years. Her work has included helping to establish the Taylor Bennett Foundation training programme, developing an award winning employability programme for Deloitte, increasing the number of black, Asian and ethnic minority senior leaders in London schools through an Institute Of Education development programme and setting up a learning centre for Millennium Dome employees.

Femi’s practice and passion for learner success has been recognised through national awards including a National Training Award and A Business In The Community – Education & Lifelong Learning award. Femi is a trustee for the Black Training And Enterprise Group, a member of the advisory board for the Office For Fair Access and a supporter of the Amos Bursary. In 2012 Femi was awarded an MBE for services to diversity.


Simon Maine
Director, Brunswick Group
Simon is a Director at Brunswick where he specialises in long-term campaigns for a range of corporate clients.

Prior to Brunswick he worked as a policy analyst at Riverstone, one of the world’s largest energy-focused private equity firms, and in the private office of Lord Browne – the former CEO of BP and prominent business commentator – where he wrote speeches and coordinated Lord Browne’s various public engagement activities, including the high-profile review of student tuition fees in 2009/10.

He is a keen runner and football enthusiast who can regularly be found warming a seat at Arsenal.


Amanda Andrews 
Head of Communications Strategy & Research, Vodafone Group
Amanda has worked in the External Communications team at Vodafone since 2012, creating global media and digital editorial consumer campaigns focused on corporate themes.

Amanda was a journalist for thirteen years, most recently Media Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and Media Business Correspondent at The Times. Other roles include business correspondent at the Sunday Express and business reporter at The Scotsman.

Before joining Vodafone, Amanda was Head of Media and Technology in the corporate division of Freud Communications.


Shamima Begum
Executive Director, Golin
Shamima Begum is an Executive Director at Golin and a member of the agency’s Senior Leadership Team. Shamima acts as a client relationship lead and has been part of the Golin team for the past ten years.

In her role, Shamima helps companies of all sizes build brand presence in the UK and also expand into global markets, and has developed integrated awareness campaigns for some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Prior to joining Golin, Shamima held roles at Fleishman Hillard and Johnson King. She is a member of Golin’s global Diversity And Inclusion Council and heads up the agency’s local initiatives which includes running Golin’s mentor programme for Taylor Bennett Foundation trainees.


Mazar Masud
Senior Consultant, Powerscourt
Mazar is a Senior Consultant at Powerscourt where he advises clients on corporate PR challenges and reputation management, and builds and implements creative communications campaigns to help meet commercial objectives.

Prior to Powerscourt, he worked at Camargue for a couple of years and at Brunswick where he spent five years working on capital market transactions and corporate PR. Before deciding on a career in communications, Mazar trained as an auditor at PwC and was a member of Teach First.

He has supported various social, charitable and political initiatives over the years, including Taylor Bennett Foundation and as Chair of the Oxbridge Muslim Alumni. He enjoys playing cricket and is passionate about making a positive difference to peoples’ lives.


MEET OUR AMBASSADORS

The TBF Ambassadors promote the work of the Foundation and act as advocates in the communications industry and beyond. The current TBF Ambassadors are:

• Mavis Amankwah, Founder, Rich Visions Diversity Communications
• Fleur Bothwick OBE, EMEIA Director Of Diversity And Inclusive Leadership, EY
• Avril Lee, Managing Director Healthcare (UK & EMEA) & Consumer (UK), MSL Group
• Tunde Okewale MBE, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers, Founder of Urban Lawyers
• Rav Singh, Chief Executive, Caliber Interactive Limited