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Homes and Horizons partnership recognised in prestigious awards 

Shaw Trust, Somerset Council and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating after being shortlisted for the prestigious Municipal Journal Awards for 2023. The partnership is shortlisted in the ‘Innovation in Partnerships’ category for our trailblazing Homes and Horizons partnership.  The Homes and Horizons project is delivering 10 family-sized homes for children as part of a new model of care for Somerset’s most vulnerable young people. It will also provide 20 specialist foster carers and a brand-new, therapeutic education service on two

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Is flexible working here to stay?

When the world locked down in March 2020 thousands of people started working from home. This opened up new ways of working, working from home and flexible working became the new normal.For many disabled people the chance to work remotely gave them an opportunity to re-evaluate their working lives; the need to travel to a place of work, prioritise their wellbeing or enter the jobs market.Now post-pandemic is flexibility one way the UK could close the disability employment gap? The Shaw

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Shaw Trust’s response to Spring Budget

Shaw Trust welcomes the Government’s planned investment in new programmes to support people into work and address economic inactivity – whether that is disabled people and those with long-term health conditions, parents facing significant childcare costs, or others.The Health and Disability White Paper is an important starting point for a much-needed conversation about how to make the system work for all. We look forward to engaging with Government and others in the coming months ahead of the planned rollout.The OBR

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What I’ve learnt as the mother of an autistic son.

As a mother of a child on the Autism spectrum, I have spent many hours trying to learn and understand how to be able to best support my son and help him thrive.The hardest bit along our journey has been the unknown. Will he make friends? Will he get through school? Will he be able to live on his own? Will he be able to get a job? For a while, these questions were something that we needed to find

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Shaw Trust leadership 50:50 gender parity

This International Women\’s Day, Shaw Trust is delighted to announce three new appointments this month – all internal promotions – that see equality at its most senior group executive level.Jenny Dillon (Managing Director for Specialist Employment Services), Jenny Woodrow (Managing Director of Employment and Skills) and Shelley Southon (Managing Director of Community Health and Well-Being) join the Group Senior Leadership Team.These appointments reflect Shaw Trust’s wider successes in closing the employment pay gaps experienced by women.This year’s gender pay gap

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Colleagues encouraged to keep learning this National Apprenticeship Week

225 colleagues are currently completing an apprenticeship alongside their roles at Shaw Trust. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2023, we caught up with Lisa and Alfie who told us the reason behind starting an apprenticeship and how they are finding it.Why did I decide to start an apprenticeship?My line manager and I always discuss my personal development wants and needs in our quarterly reviews together. One of the key themes that kept reoccurring was my want to better understand the

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New community orchard planted in Trowbridge

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Shaw Trust are working together as part of a new collaboration to tackle climate change, restore nature and help communities in Wiltshire. The collaboration was launched recently with the creation of Sloegrove Orchard at Green Lane Wood nature reserve in Trowbridge, which was generously funded by Shaw Trust.A planting event was held to create the new community orchard at the end of January. Led by Green Lane Wood reserve manager, Matt Callaway, staff from both Wiltshire

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Sammy gets the confidence boost she really needed.

In her own words, Sammy has shared her story with us from the moment she referred herself to Live Well Kent and Medway.\”I referred myself to Live Well Kent and Shaw Trust as I had been struggling for some time to get and keep work due to my autism and anxiety. After a particularly rotten year where I did eventually find work but couldn’t stay due to unfair working conditions, I felt more useless and depressed than I ever had

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Are you missing out on talent?

There is a huge pool of talent you are almost certainly overlooking. Unemployment is rising, while vacancies remain unfilled. Meanwhile this pool of talent could be driving your organisations and businesses forward. There are 16million disabled people in the UK, according to the DWP. The disability employment rate was 53.6% in Q2 2023, compared to 82.5% for non-disabled people. Yet 6 in 10 graduates with a visual impairment are not in full-time employment, and only 1 in 3 autistic graduates is in work.  And

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Matrix success for Shaw Trust teams

We are delighted to announce that our Children and Young People\’s Services (CYPS) team and Ixion team have maintained their Matrix accreditation. External assessors carried out surveillance visits in November and December 2022, and confirmed that CYPS and Ixion continue to maintain the Matrix standard.  CYPS successThere were clear areas for strength identified across the accreditation, including: Leadership and clear direction. Colleagues understand the vision, values and purpose of the organisation and they know how to apply them in their work.

James Stewart OBE
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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.