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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

John advises business and charities on strategy, reputation and growth. After a long consultancy career, he now provides senior counsel to CEOs and Boards to address the strategic challenges they face. John is active as a trustee of three charities. He serves on the Executive Committee of Labour Business.

John founded Insight Consulting Group in 2006, and ran the consultancy for eleven years until it was acquired by Four Communications Group in January 2017. Following the transition, John embarked on a freelance career.

John frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on issues relating to politics and public policy. He is a regular commentator and media pundit on issues relating to business, Brexit and politics.

John chaired an independent commission on behalf of the PRCA on diversity and broadening access to the PR industry. He served as an Ambassador of the Taylor Bennett Foundation before being appointed Vice-Chair in 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.


Alison Lea
Director, Brunswick Group

Alison has more than a decade of communications experience, advising organisations on their corporate and financial reputation through growth, change and crisis. She works with organisations to develop targeted communications campaigns for audiences including investors, media, government and employees.

Alison is active in recruitment and career development at Brunswick. Previously, Alison worked at RLM Finsbury.

Her background is in Psychology, holding a Research Assistant post at the University of California, Irvine.


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.


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:

• 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