The BACS Board and management are thrilled to announce Dame Julia Cleverdon joins us on our mission to connect business and communities to share resources and wisdom for a safe and healthy environment, sustainable living practices and access to education and aspirational opportunities to thrive.
Dame Julia Cleverdon joins BACS as Global Ambassador
When offered the role, Dame Julia said she was “delighted to do so.” Her recent visit and presentation at a BACS Talking Pod created such inspiration and praise for her outlook that we were compelled to invite her to be part of our team.
Dame Julia has acquired a formidable reputation as a challenging leader and dynamic speaker on business leadership and corporate responsibility. She has been acclaimed for achieving significant innovation and behaviour change in UK boardrooms while Chief Executive of Business in the Community from April 1992 to March 2008.
Under her leadership the business-led organisation grew in turnover from £2 million to £24 million, with 400 staff and 850 member companies committed to improving their positive impact on society. Julia inspired businesses to work together to tackle community need, stem climate change, promote diversity and harness the engagement of business in education.
These days Dame Julia is Vice President of Business in the Community, Chair of National Literacy Trust and a Special Adviser to HRH The Prince of Wales. As well as co-producing an independent report setting out a vision for UK Government, business, the voluntary and education sectors to work together to support young people to engage in social action between the ages of 10 and 20.
She chaired Teach First UK for eight years, and also serves on the Board of Teach for All, the international partnership with Teach for America that seeks to spread the experience and mission to other interested social entrepreneurs across the world including New Zealand.
And now a global ambassador for BACS!