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Non-Executive Steering Committee

Right Honourable Hazel Blears MP

Hazel Blears has been the Salford MP since 1997 and she held a number of senior positions during Labour’s time in Government including the Police and Counter Terrorism Minister, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which time she had a particular focus on strengthening links between communities, and introduced the ‘Total Place’ approach, bringing together resources across health, local government and policing into community budgets to integrate services and maximise impact in local areas.

Hazel authored the first cross Government Social Enterprise strategy when she was Secretary of State for Communities and that she currently a member of the current Government Review of the Social Value Act. Hazel also convenes a group of businesses social enterprises and local authorities called ‘’Doing Good is Good Business’’.

Hazel is the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility and is on the board of the Social Mobility Foundation. Hazel is also the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and an Alzheimer’s Society ambassador.

Hazel’s campaign to promote the benefits of the social economy culminated in 2012 with the passing of The Public Services (Social Value) Act by Parliament. In 2013, Hazel became a member of the Advisory Board of the Big Society Capital, which is transforming social investment in the UK to improve people’s lives.

Hazel Blears is proud of Labour’s record in transforming the city of her birth and has helped bring hundreds of millions of pounds of investment in schools, housing and the NHS, and given greater powers to local communities.

Councillor Rosie Jolly

A former nurse Rosie joined the Third Sector in 1991 working with Age Concern organisations across East Lancashire in a senior management capacity until 2007. Working at a sub-regional, regional and national level within the wider framework of Age Concern the Federation, Rosie worked on various initiatives to develop and improve services for older people.

In October 2007 Rosie took the position of Director at Comtechsa Ltd a professional architectural organisation supporting the third sector to make best use of their land and buildings. Initially joining Social Enterprise Network in 2008 as a Non-Executive Director Rosie became the CEO in 2011 of the oldest and most successful social enterprise network organisation in the UK.

With over 20 years experience of working in the sector Rosie is well aware of the issues affecting social businesses in today’s economic climate. She is an elected member of Liverpool City Council and holds special responsibilities as the Mayoral Lead for Social and Community Enterprise and lead on Social Value for the city. She is a Director of Social Enterprise North West, the Charity One Ark, and a panel member of both the Liverpool One Foundation and Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards.

Ed Smith

Ed is the former Global Assurance COO and Strategy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he had a highly successful 30 year career holding many leading Board and top client roles in the UK and globally as a Senior Partner. He now enjoys a largely philanthropic and public service portfolio of Board roles in sustainable development, higher education, transport, sport, health and thought leadership as well as a number of commercial interests.

Ed is Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University of Birmingham, Deputy Chairman of NHS England and a Non-Executive Board member of the Department for Transport. He has recently been appointed Chairman of Crown Commercial Services in the Cabinet Office. He is also a member of the Competition and Markets Authority which reviews proposed acquisitions and markets for adverse competition outcomes. In addition, he is a Member of Council & Treasurer of Chatham House.

Ed has recently retired as Chairman of WWF-UK and the Board of WWF International as well as Chairman of The Student Loans Company and British Universities & Colleges Sport. He has also been on the Board of Opportunity Now, the leading gender campaign within Business in the Community as well as a member of the Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport.

Ed has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Bath, University of Roehampton and University of Aberdeen for his contributions to Higher Education, Sport and Sustainability. He was awarded a CBE for services to Higher Education in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.

Trewin Restorick

Trewin Restorick is the Founder of a new start-up charity called Hubbub which aims to revolutionise the way environmental messages are communicated to the general public by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good.  He is also Chair of Student Hubs

Previously Trewin created Global Action Plan the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change charity which he set up in 1993.  As CEO Trewin developed award winning sustainability partnerships with organisations such as BskyB, Barts NHS Trust and EON as well as developing a wide range of successful environmental initiatives in schools and communities.  Trewin is a frequent commentator on environmental issues including regular slots in Business Green, Guardian Sustainable Business and Sky News.  He has been trained by Al Gore as his climate change ambassadors

Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Director of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where he created PaperRound London’s leading community recycling business.  Prior to Friends of the Earth, Trewin worked in the job creation team at Plymouth City Council and also produced a youth TV programme for the BBC called Something Else.