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Equal Pay Day – our report

Today is European Equal Pay Day, the day when the ‘average’ woman in the EU stops being paid compared to men. At Shaw Trust we know that it isn’t just women who are not always paid the same rate, it is also disabled workers and people from different ethnic groups.That’s why today, we are publishing our “Paying our people fairly report” showing the mean and median differences in pay across Shaw Trust. Our report shows we still have gaps where

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178 exams sat at Feltham Young Offenders Institute

Feltham Young Offenders Institute is often in the news. The offenders held there have committed serious crimes and are marginalised from society. However, at Shaw Trust we believe everyone has the right to a future and we work in partnership with our Youth Custody Service colleagues providing education to the boys.   The majority of the boys have had a poor relationship with education in the past and engaging them takes patience and understanding. 50% of students at Feltham are assessed

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Shaw Trust sponsors category at RIDI annual awards

 We are pleased to sponsor the ‘Making a Difference: Public Sector’ category at the RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) Awards 2023, an awards ceremony celebrating excellence in diversity and inclusion within the recruitment industry.Once a year the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative brings together leading changemakers in the recruitment sector to celebrate the very best of disability confident recruitment. The RIDI Awards recognise and reward organisations and individuals who are making significant strides in breaking down barriers and creating a more

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Can an advert change anything?

Last year when John Lewis’s Christmas ad came out it won our hearts with a man learning to skateboard so he could connect with his new foster daughter. It made us cry, smile and want to care.   But did John Lewis’s Christmas advert have an impact on the foster care system and the children waiting for a foster family in the run up to festive season?  While hopes were raised by an immediate uptick in enquiries, Shaw Trust’s Fostering2Inspire Manager, Kathy Hamilton

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Why aren’t we fixing it if it’s broken?

Yesterday the LGA published a report noting children’s social care costs are rocketing, with a 1,000% increase in the cost of care for society’s most vulnerable children requiring complex care. Shaw Trust knows that the children’s care system is broken. In England we have seen the number of complex cases and specialist requirements for children in care grow to 82,170, more than 4,000 additional children since the pandemic.   But – in Somerset our partnership led by Somerset Council and the NHS

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Somerset young people win national award

On Wednesday 25 October, young people involved in our Homes and Horizons project won the A National Voice Collaboration Award for their work. Homes and Horizons is our residential, fostering and education partnership with Somerset Council and the NHS. The young people involved were all members of Somerset’s two care experienced peer groups, one for children currently living in care and the other peer group for care leavers. Along with the Somerset project lead the young people travelled to London

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Shaw Trust receives Menopause Friendly Employer accreditation

This World Menopause Day Shaw Trust is delighted to announce we have been accredited as a Menopause Friendly Employer. But so what? Around 60% of Shaw Trust employees are female; and at any one time we think 800 of our colleagues could be experiencing menopause and perimenopause. That’s a lot of women – and for every woman finding it entirely manageable, others will be finding their symptoms affect how they feel and perform. As a large organisation it’s important to us that

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Celebrating World Mental Health Day – 10 October

Every year on 10 October, World Mental Health Day is celebrated across the globe by raising awareness and encouraging us all to talk about mental health and how important it is to get help if you are struggling. This year’s theme is “Mental Health is a universal human right” and the focus is on supporting families, young people, people with long term health conditions, refugees and asylum seekers. At Shaw Trust, our work supports and has a positive impact on

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Clare Gray 1969-2023

Clare Gray, disability advocate and campaigner, died on Tuesday 3 October, following a short illness.Clare was hugely well regarded for her advocacy work and involvement in the Disability Power 100. The Disability Power 100 was the project of which she was most proud, having been part of it from its inception as a judge, to its current status as a globally recognized award. Her work on the project prevented Clare from being recognized in the Disability Power 100, however, it is accepted across the disability

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Shaw Trust launches WHP Pioneer

Commencing September 2023, Shaw Trust are extending their Work and Health Programme (WHP) with ‘WHP Pioneer,’ part of the DWP’s Universal Support employment programme announced in the 2023 Spring Budget to support people into work.WHP Pioneer aims to support around 8,000 people through opening up sustainable pathways to employment utilising key elements of a place and train model. WHP Pioneer is a welcome addition to the Work and Health Programme which launched in March 2018 and has already helped over

James Stewart OBE

James became a Trustee in 2021 after a 30 year career spanning the public and private sectors. He started in the banking sector, led Partnerships UK and Infrastructure UK, and then spent ten years at KPMG finishing as a Vice Chair and member of the UK Board.

Much of James’ career has been spent in the pursuit of improving public services and he has been involved in the development of many of the leading UK infrastructure projects and programmes including Crossrail and HS2. James believes that skills are a key enabler to the regeneration and growth of the UK economy and helping young people to have the opportunity to acquire skills and have the best chance of employment is his motivation for joining Shaw Trust. He is attracted by the Shaw Trust operating model and believes that social enterprises can have a greater role in delivering public services in the future.

Steve Shaw

Steve is passionate about using his extensive HR Leadership experience to make a positive difference to the lives of others. Throughout a career spent at the helm of global matrix organisations devising and implementing expansive change initiatives, Steve has utilised extensive HR experience to deliver substantial revenue, growth, and organisational development.

Steve has represented HR in Board positions for more 15 years, most recently as Chief HR Officer for the Apogee Corporation, leading on HR, real-estate, and environmental strategies.

Steve brings experience of working within the charity sector, having in the past managed and held leadership roles within National Citizens Advice Bureau for 6 years and performed non-executive director roles for Presentation Housing Association for four years, with a focus on the vulnerable and disadvantaged. Steve believes that the seamless blend and contribution of paid employees and volunteers providing valued and sought-after services can bring unique challenges to the workplace along with passion and devotion to the delivery of quality. This generates a unique culture, with people that have insights, motivation and experiences that utilised well, make an incredible difference to society. Steve believes in the importance of rigour and best use of available funds to maximise an organisation’s ability to facilitate this. Steve’s expertise in organisational consolidation following acquisitions, business transformation, continuous improvement and career pathing for employees will all support the delivery of Shaw Trust’s Vision 2030: Strategic Directive.

Stephen Pegge

Stephen is a career banker and has also been a board director of several institutions with a public interest including the National Centre for Work Experience, the Institute of Small Business Affairs and is a former chair of a charity founded by HRH the Prince of Wales supporting older people into economic activity.

He is part of the senior executive team of UK Finance, the leading financial trade association and leads on commercial finance, sustainability, dispute resolution and international trade. He chairs an advisory group for the UK government on creative industries and is part of a minister led boards on business finance and promoting female and black and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. Stephen is a director of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade association dedicated to promoting angel investing and supporting early-stage investment in the UK. He is also a director of the Business Banking Resolution Service, a voluntary ombudsman scheme for larger SMEs.

Stephen believes Shaw Trust makes a vital contribution and has an even bigger potential role to play in employability, education and support for people to realise their potential whatever their backgrounds over the next few years. He is looking forward to playing his part in supporting it and our clients and hopes his experience and connections can be useful to colleagues and the wider network involved in this vital work.

Kalm Paul-Christian

Kalm is an investment banker working in the Financial Institutions Advisory Team at NatWest Markets. There he advises executive management teams to execute strategic and corporate finance decisions for sustainable growth.

He began his career with Rothschild & Co in the Global Financial Advisory division before joining The Social Investment Consultancy where he advised charities, social enterprises, corporates and investment funds on revenue diversification, social business models and impact evaluation.

As an advocate for Social Mobility, Financial Inclusion and Disability Rights, Kalm has been working in the field of accessibility since 2013, delivering projects from DFID, the Commonwealth Youth Council and National Lottery Community Fund.

He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers. He is also trustee of the Turn2Us and Switchback, a former school governor, and a junior adviser to Chatham House.

Lara Oyesanya

Lara joined Shaw Trust in April 2021. Lara is a trustee of Plan International UK and a co-opted Member, Committee on Benefactions, External and Legal Affairs, the University of Cambridge advising the Vice-Chancellor.

The vision of Shaw Trust of a future where good employment is accessible to all in society irrespective of life circumstances resonates with Lara. Growing up in Nigeria, Lara was raised with strong values that included a great sense of social justice, responsibility, accountability, respect, and care for everyone in the community. Shaw Trust’s outlined outcomes for education and skills, children and young people’s services, and health and well-being are areas that Lara believes are essential for a fair and equitable society. This vision is a big draw for Lara as a Shaw Trust trustee and she hopes that the work of Shaw Trust will continue to promote social justice and mobility to address the causes and consequences of poverty in society.

Lara is a solicitor and general counsel in the financial services – digital payments sector, currently General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer at Contis, a contributing editor, LexisNexis Encyclopaedia of Banking Law, and a Consulting Editorial board member LexisPSL©. She is a Fellow of The RSA and ‘Business Woman of the Year’, 2018 FL National Awards. Ranked in The Lawyer Hot 100 2021 and the 50 Must-Follow Black Female Leaders 2020. Formerly, legal director at Klarna, senior legal counsel at Barclays and BAE Systems, a divisional counsel at RAC, a legal director at HBOS, and Group Head of Legal at Lex Autolease. She is a law graduate (LL.B Hons) from the University of Lagos with an LL.M in Comparative Company Law.

Mike Nussbaum

Mike joined Shaw Trust in February 2016. Mike sits on the boards of RNIB, Guide Dogs, Vision UK, the Equality and Diversity Forum and supports numerous other charitable organisations.

Mike’s passion for social justice started young when he was involved in a wide range of social action programmes including chairing national youth organisations. Now, following more than 50 years of public service, Mike brings his blind lived experience to Shaw Trust. An active and committed volunteer Mike previously sat on the boards of RNIB, Vision UK, and the Equality and Diversity Forum. Mike is still an active member of the board for Guide Dogs and continues to support numerous other charitable organisations.

Mike is passionate about the added value which volunteers can bring to an organisation as well as the personal benefits of volunteering. Supporting Shaw Trust’s 1,000 person strong volunteer programme, Mike received a national ‘Year of the Volunteer’ Award for services to volunteering in 2005, and in 2008 The Open University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate.

Annamarie Hassall MBE

Annemarie was appointed to the Board as a trustee in autumn 2019. An expert in her field, she was appointed MBE for services to children and families in 2011.

At Shaw Trust Annamarie draws on all of her sector experience of working with charity, private sector, local authority and central government to support our work by ensuring we are on the right track, doing what we have agreed, delivering on commitments and doing it well.

Volunteering her time as a trustee it was the values of Shaw Trust that most attracted Annamarie. The belief people should be at the heart of change; employment as a goal for everyone and the focus on skills; valuing education, training and skills for life.

To find out more about Annamarie connect on LinkedIn.

Deborah Dorman

Deborah is a highly experienced strategic leader, with a passion for engagement and representation; ensuring everyone has a voice and that they can fulfil their potential.

Deborah is currently the Director of Group HR for Sainsbury’s, with extensive HR experience including strategy, organisational change, talent, learning, reward, inclusion, recruitment and engagement.
Deborah’s recent achievements include leading the design of customer-centric cultural transformation marrying humanity with performance edge, and spearheading the creation of a new inclusion strategy, which improved senior female representation within Sainsbury’s. Deborah has previously been an Advisory Board Member with Business in the Community Race Equality where she led the creation of the Youth Advisory Panel, to give young people a greater voice in improving employment and progression for ethnic minorities. Deborah has a passionate and open style with a focus on inspiring people to create strong relationships and deliver excellent results, whilst maintaining an environment based on professional integrity, transparency, and honesty. Deborah is looking forward to contributing to the important work of Shaw Trust, to support people to live decent and dignified lives. Deborah believes that everyone should have the chance to fulfil their potential and that access to education and employment are vital.

Audrey Coutinho

Audrey joins as a Trustee in June 2021. Shaw Trust’s inspiring vision for a future where good, rewarding and dignified employment is accessible to all and the values of the Trust were the primary attractions for wanting to be a Trustee at the organisation.

The Trust’s focus on education and training one of the core enablers for an individual’s success in their lives aligns closely with Audrey’s beliefs, so when the opportunity to be involved in supporting this mission was available it was an easy decision to make.

Audrey has always admired and appreciated the commitment and ethos of the third sector and the critical role it plays in civil society with social justice at the heart of it. Having spent over two decades in the corporate world this as the right time to commit and support the sector and use her skills and experience.

Audrey is an accomplished senior executive with broad experience in designing strategy, delivering digital transformations and complex global programmes that support and serve employees and customers. She brings with her diverse experience in general management, audit and risk management and more recently as Chief Data Officer. She has a Masters’ degree in Business Administration.

Diane Côté

Diane holds a number of board roles including at Societe Generale SA and X-Forces Enterprise.

She supports other charitable organisations and is a member of several associations and forums that promote Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace including the Women Network Forum.

Diane had a successful executive career in the UK and in Canada in the financial industry. She has featured in the ‘100 Most Influential Women in European Finance’ for the last six years.

In her last executive role as CRO at London Stock Exchange Group, she chaired the LSEG Foundation was an Executive Committee member and she also launched and championed the gender diversity agenda through the Women Inspired Network and lately the Inclusion Network.

Diane has a passion for helping young people from all backgrounds to be given equal opportunities to build their future, fulfil their potential and to support gender equality and minority representation at senior level in the workplace. Having been part of a minority group at senior level throughout her entire career, she understands the importance of embracing an all-inclusive culture.

Paul Baldwin

After two decades working in the banking and finance industry, in 2009 Paul decided he would rather spend his time working on the causes that he is passionate about.

Since then he has pursued a portfolio career working with a select number of charitable organisations across a range of different sectors. His most significant areas of interest include, disability, education and skills, conservation and the environment, and animal protection, including as chair of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Paul first became aware of Shaw Trust while he was Chair of the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) and was looking for a suitable merger partner to secure DLF’s long-term future. An immediate meeting of minds led to a successful merger in 2014, and Paul joined the Shaw Trust board in 2016. Other than working as a charity trustee, Paul is happiest when in the mountains: hiking, ultra-running, skiing, or teaching adaptive snow sports to people with a range of different disabilities.

Olly Benzecry
Chair of Trustees

Olly became our Chair of Trustees in February 2023. He is passionate about helping those with disadvantages to achieve their potential in employment.

In addition to being the Chair of Shaw Trust, Olly is a Trustee of Movement to Work and advises WithYouWithMe, an international provider of skills-based talent management solutions. He is Chair of the Corporate Development Board of the Natural History Museum (NHM) and a member of the Corporate Partnership Board of Cancer Research UK. Olly advises Faculty, a world leading AI provider, as well as being a CEO advisor more broadly.

Previously, Olly was Chair and CEO of Accenture, UK & Ireland

Chris Luck CB MBE DL
Group CEO, Shaw Trust

Chris joined the Trust in May 2019, after a distinguished career in the armed forces.

Chris had not planned to move into the voluntary sector, however, his life experiences, personal values and strong sense of purpose made him the perfect fit to lead Shaw Trust. Ensuring those we support are at the heart of everything we do, Chris has implemented a new organisational structure, reviewed our strategic direction and championed new initiatives, including the Shaw Trust Foundation and Shaw Trust Policy Institute supporting and advocating for social mobility through opportunity.

To find out more about Chris follow him on X or connect on LinkedIn.