Business is in a unique place to spearhead the changes society needs to build strong and supportive communities, and a resilient and stable environment. We are facing multiple challenges to create a just, sustainable, inclusive, and thriving society.
Professor Mike Wareing CMG
Professor Mike Wareing is a highly experienced Financial Times Stock Exchange Non-Executive Director (FTSE NED), Chairman, Senior Independent Director (SID) and Committee Chair. Having served as the Global CEO of KPMG, where he began his career and was appointed as the youngest Partner at the age of 29 in the UK firm in 1983, Mike has also focused on tackling homelessness and creating sustainable employment opportunities in war-torn areas.
Mike joined and chaired a board that formed part of Business in the Community to tackle homelessness in London, eventually co-chairing Business in the Community International to set up an international branch of the charity’s work and running projects principally in Africa while working with the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID).
In addition, he was tasked by HRH the Prince of Wales to work with the Deputy Chief of Defence staff to focus on the issue of ex-Armed Services individuals struggling with issues of homelessness. Through this, he met the Secretary of State for Defence and then offered the position of The Prime Ministers’ Envoy for Reconstruction in Southern Iraq and later a similar role in Afghanistan.
In both roles, his efforts were focused on building influential relationships with senior and local leaders in the country to create sustainable employment with local businesses while encouraging inward investment.
Mike is an ex-amateur jockey — and as a consequence was described by the Daily Telegraph as “The UK’s most exciting Accountant”! Mike has also lived on a working farm for over 30 years.
Dr Barbara Hendrie OBE
Dr Barbara Hendrie has been the Director of United Nations (UN) Environment North America since September 2017.
She has over two decades experience as a senior international diplomat/negotiator and development/humanitarian professional, including on behalf both the UK and US governments. Dr Hendrie was a senior official in the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) from 1999 to 2015, and a senior political appointee of President Obama based in a US Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2015-2016.
In 2015, she was the UK’s Chief Negotiator for the UN Financing for Development agenda and co-negotiator for the global Sustainable Development Goals. In the early 2000s, Dr. Hendrie led the UK’s global humanitarian response. From 2006 to 2007, she led the UK’s reconstruction effort in Iraq.
In 2009, Dr Hendrie was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. She is the first recipient of the Bowdoin College Common Good Award in 1993. She began her career in the mid-1980s when she provided emergency relief to famine-affected people in conflict zones in the Horn of Africa.
Dr Hendrie is a native of New York, has a PhD in social anthropology from University College, London, UK and a BA in English from Bowdoin College in Maine, USA. She is a dual US and UK citizen.
Lord Dr Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Lord Dr Michael Hastings is the Chancellor of Regent’s University London and a Professor of Leadership at the Huntsman School of Business, at Utah State University. He has held senior posts within:
- BBC, Head of Public Affairs and its first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
- KPMG, Global Head of Citizenship and Global Head of Diversity
- Vodafone, Trustee
- BT Board Member for Responsible and Sustainable Business
He began his career as a teacher moving into government service in 1986 on policy to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities. He received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2003 for services to crime reduction and community safety after 21 years as a trustee building safer communities.
Dr Hastings was bestowed with a Life Peerage in 2005 and sits as an Independent Peer in the House of Lords. In 2005, he also received the UNICEF Award for his ‘outstanding work on effecting positive solutions for Africa’s Children’ further to leading the BBC’s corporate response to the Tony Blair Commission for Africa Report.
He is a Governor of the Safaricom/Vodafone founded M-PESA Academy in Nairobi, a regular high-risk prison visitor, and leading mentor within the black community.