techUK President, Jacqueline de Rojas, has joined with leaders from business and civil society organisations to create an Inclusive Economy Partnership that will tackle significant challenges facing our society.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley chaired the first meeting on Monday 11 September 2017.
The Partnership is led by an Advisory Group of 14 chief executives from a wide range of businesses and civil society organisations, including techUK, National Grid, Nationwide, O2, NCVO and Big Lottery Fund. It is being convened by DCMS and Cabinet Office, with support from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The Partnership will address issues relating to financial inclusion and capability, mental health and transition to work.
Over 80 individuals from business and civil society have already signed up to working groups for each of these areas, which will develop solutions to help tackle these issues over the coming months.
Jacqueline de Rojas, President, techUK, said:
“I am delighted that industry and the civil service have come together to create this important partnership. Addressing the significant societal shifts and challenges of our time is no easy task and we must all come together to bring about positive and inclusive change for future generations. At techUK, we work hard to ensure that tech is used to improve and enhance the quality of life of all citizens and I look forward to bringing our expertise to the Inclusive Economy Partnership over the coming months.”
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said:
“It was a hugely positive first meeting to kick start the Partnership which will help us build a stronger and fairer society. This Partnership brings together key leaders from the business sector and civil society world and working together we can help make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution, said:
“Government cannot tackle big societal challenges on its own which is why I am pleased to see collaboration and innovation at the heart of Partnership with the aim to positively impact the lives of hardworking families, removing barriers and creating opportunities.”
The group is made up of:
- Jacqueline de Rojas, President, techUK
- Sacha Romanovitch, Chief Executive of Grant Thornton (Co-Chair)
- Caroline Mason, Chief Executive, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (Co-Chair)
- Olly Benzecry, Managing Director, Accenture UK & Ireland
- John Pettigrew, Chief Executive, National Grid
- Joe Garner, Chief Executive, Nationwide Building Society
- Mark Evans, Chief Executive, O2
- Robert Noel, Chief Executive, Landsec
- Mark Norbury, Chief Executive, UNLtd.
- Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK
- Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO
- Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund
- Cliff Prior, Chief Executive, Big Society Capital
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