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Tim Oliver – Chair

Tim is a solicitor by training, who stepped down as CEO of the Parabis Group in 2014, having founded and then led the firm for many years. Parabis provided advice to insurers on a range of legal and other professional services. When Tim left the business it employed over 2500 people across a number of locations in the UK…more

Fiona Stark – Vice Chair

Fiona has many years’ experience as a Board level executive in both the private and public sectors. Before retiring she was Corporate Affairs Director for E.ON, the energy company and a founding member of the Company’s Diversity Leadership Group…more

Nikki Walker – Treasurer

Nikki is a graduate in accountancy, and a fellow of CIMA. Nikki spent 20 years working in Global Organisations in a broad variety of functions spanning finance, strategy, operations and transformational change…more

Helen Humphreys

Helen is an experienced strategic change communication director with extensive leadership experience in culture and behaviour change….more

Gemma Rosenblatt

Gemma joined the Advertising Standards Authority in 2015 as their research specialist. Prior to this, she had led the Electoral Commission’s research programme and worked in research roles at the Hansard Society and Fawcett Society. Her areas of research have included parliamentary and constitutional affairs, elections and electoral registration, and the participation of women and ethnic minorities in politics….more

Mary Starks

Mary is Executive Director for Consumers and Markets at Ofgem, the energy regulator. Prior to this she was Director of the Competition and Economics Division and Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She shared the role, working 3 days a week… more

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer has risen quickly to the top as a corporate communicator, having been talent-spotted for rapid promotion at every company she has worked for. Currently, Jennifer is transforming the profile and reputation of Direct Line Group (DLG), now as Head of Internal Communications, Experience & Sustainability…more

Rachel Verdin

Rachel has worked in various roles within the trade union movement for 17 years and in doing has a sound understanding of employment, equality and diversity issues and the legislative framework within which they operate….more

 


Tim Oliver – Chair. Tim is a solicitor by training, who stepped down as CEO of the Parabis Group in 2014, having founded and then led the firm for many years. Parabis provided advice to insurers on a range of legal and other professional services. When Tim left the business it employed over 2500 people across a number of locations in the UK.

Outside of his professional career Tim has always been actively involved in the voluntary and charitable sector. A Borough Councillor for over 15 years, and a County Councillor from 2017, Tim was elected Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council in 2016 but stepped down after being elected as Surrey County Council Leader in December 2018. He is very engaged in his local community and has served on the Boards of a number of schools, a 6th Form College and a University, as well as a Prison. He and his wife Debi, a local GP, have been active supporters of Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice, where Tim previously served as Chair of Trustees.

Tim’s experience in business and his involvement in the not-for-profit sector has given him a good understanding of some of the challenges people using the services of Working Families face in their day to day lives. The charity has a vital role to play in supporting those people, as well as educating employers and politicians on how they can improve individuals and families’ quality of life.

 


Fiona Stark – Vice Chair has many years’ experience as a Board level executive in both the private and public sectors. Before retiring she was Corporate Affairs Director for E.ON, the energy company and a founding member of the Company’s Diversity Leadership Group. She is a qualified lawyer and was Chair of E.ON’s pension scheme for many years. Fiona is also a Trustee of The Shakespeare Hospice and the Municipal Charities of Stratford Upon Avon which manages almshouses in the town.

 


Nikki Walker – Treasurer is a graduate in accountancy, and a fellow of CIMA. Nikki spent 20 years working in Global Organisations in a broad variety of functions spanning finance, strategy, operations and transformational change.  Most of her corporate career was spent in fast-moving, high-stake, sales oriented environments providing her with a keen understanding of business and a drive to set and reach challenging goals.

Her final corporate role was at EMEA board level for Cisco responsible for Inclusion and Diversity. In this role Nikki drove cultural change right across the organisation, with a hands on, practical approach that saw her achieve buy-in and results from all areas of the business.

In 2013 Nikki set up More2Gain a Global Inclusion and Diversity Consultancy, she is also a founding partner of ElevateTalent which future proofs organisations by building the pipeline of female talent at all levels.

 


Helen Humphreys is an experienced strategic change communication director with extensive leadership experience in culture and behaviour change.  Helen coaches and mentors senior executives and has advised corporate communication teams on how to work more effectively.  In addition to her change communication work, Helen has also managed major change programmes for large organisations.

Helen has lived and worked in Asia and Europe and has worked for large businesses including Lloyds Banking Group, Centrica, NatWest, Coutts, FTSE, Prudential, Norwich Union, Aviva, Rolls-Royce and United Biscuits.  Helen has also run her own business and operated as an independent strategic communications consultant.

Helen is an experienced Non-Executive Director and previously spent six years on the Board of Drinkaware.

 


 

Gemma Rosenblatt joined the Advertising Standards Authority in 2015 as their research specialist. Prior to this, she had led the Electoral Commission’s research programme and worked in research roles at the Hansard Society and Fawcett Society. Her areas of research have included parliamentary and constitutional affairs, elections and electoral registration, and the participation of women and ethnic minorities in politics. Gemma is also a member of the advisory board for the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, Oxford.

 


Mary Starks is Executive Director for Consumers and Markets at Ofgem, the energy regulator.

Prior to this she was Director of the Competition and Economics Division and Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She shared the role, working 3 days a week.

She has worked part-time in senior roles for over 10 years. She has held previous roles at the Office of Fair Trading, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, NERA Economic Consulting, and the Bank of England.


 

Jennifer Thomas has risen quickly to the top as a corporate communicator, having been talent-spotted for rapid promotion at every company she has worked for.

Currently, Jennifer is transforming the profile and reputation of Direct Line Group (DLG), now as Head of Internal Communications, Experience & Sustainability and previously as its Head of Financial Communications. Jennifer is part of the Group’s Strategic Leadership Team, responsible for developing the Group’s internal communications strategy, including employee engagement, the incorporation of the employee value proposition and corporate brand as well developing and executing a new corporate social responsibility strategy.

Jennifer was involved in the IPO of RBS orchestrated by DLG and the biggest stock market listing of 2012. Jennifer had a former career as a UK Championships 400m runner and hurdler for England.

 


Rachel Verdin has worked in various roles within the trade union movement for 17 years and in doing has a sound understanding of employment, equality and diversity issues and the legislative framework within which they operate.  She is a firm believer in social justice and enjoys the challenge of ensuring people are treated with dignity and respect at work.

Having had twin daughters and experienced the challenges of trying balance work and family life Rachel is passionate about the work that Working Families do.  It also prompted her to make a change and approach the inequalities she has supported union members with in a different way.

Rachel is currently in her second year of Doctoral research, funded by the University of Sussex Business school. Her research is investigating current efforts, both legislative and organisational, targeted at gender pay inequality. She is taking a case study focus on the banking sector to explore the higher gaps within the industry and the effectiveness of measures currently being pursued. Alongside her research, Rachel is working as a Doctoral Tutor on courses within the Law school.