Jessica is currently CEO at V•inspired, the nation’s leading youth social action charity. V•inspired have been supporting young people and the VCS sector for the last decade through direct programmatic interventions, support services and digital exchange programmes. These focus on volunteering, social action and the double benefit to both the volunteer and the community.
Jessica has a strong focus on developing innovative multi-platform programmes and digital support services, including the Nesta and Cabinet Office funded Digital Connectors project, which provides support to young people via web chats using remote volunteers. Previously Jessica was CEO at Get Connected, the UK telephone helpline for under 25s, successfully leading its merger with Youth Net to create The Mix.
Jessica also headed up Partnerships and Public Engagement at The Big Lottery Fund - funding such initiatives as The Big Lunch and Get Set, on the BBC and Channel 4 respectively. In 2014 she won an ACEVO Judge’s Recognition Award for her people centred leadership. Prior to moving to the sector she worked for both News International & IPC Media leading on business development, multi-platform solutions and commercial partnership teams.
Ed Alford is an experienced senior executive who has worked in the Oil industry as a Global CIO and Senior VP in BP’s Top 100 Leadership team during the last 10 years. In BP he has been instrumental in bringing a commercial digital focus to the way a CIO’s role is delivered and as such has turned around a failed global IT function, a failed billion dollar global transformation programme and delivered innovation and cost effective operations as the global CIO for two major businesses (Global Retail and Global Fuels and Marketing); most notably the technology to enable the joint venture with Marks and Spencer’s in the UK and the technology to enable the creation of the first integrated fuels value chain.
Ed has led and driven the diversity and inclusion agenda within BP, most notably with the development of a digital platform, Modern Muse, to help promote the take up of STEM subjects in schools and careers for young women. This has been delivered in conjunction with Everywoman and was launched in February 2016 to schools and women in business. Ed sits on the Advisory Board of Everywoman.
Vice President and CIO, BP
Stephanie is Chief Executive and founder of Ahead Partnership, following a successful career as a Partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons.
After graduating in languages at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, Stephanie was both a qualified translator and practicing law in the UK and Germany. Her involvement in school mentoring programmes formed her vision for a new social enterprise.
Ahead Partnership aims to further her vision of bringing the private, public and third sectors closer together. The organisation draws on the resources, skills and opportunities of hundreds of businesses each year to support social and economic improvement through programmes such as Make the Grade. Successfully building long-term, local partnerships between employers and schools, since its launch over 280 schools and 1,000 businesses have been involved supporting over 100,000 pupils to date.
Stephanie was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2014 for 'Services to Business in Yorkshire'. She also sits on the board of Leeds University Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Chief Executive and Founder, Ahead Partnership
STEPHANIE BURRAS CBE
Rachel is CEO of Corsham Institute (Ci), a not-for-profit organisation working for a fair, inclusive, prosperous and creative society based on trust and security. A specialist in digital transformation, leadership skills and inclusion, Rachel was previously Director of Skills and Partnerships at Doteveryone, the organisation founded by Baroness Martha Lane Fox to make the internet work for everyone. Before that, she was Chief Executive of the digital skills charity Go ON UK. Prior to this, she was Digital Leader and Head of Profession for Digital at Department of Health, responsible for digital strategy, policy and transformation. From 2013–16, Rachel was Chair of Digital Leaders, a global initiative for senior leaders promoting effective, long-term digital transformation She is now a non-executive member of the Advisory Board as well as a non-executive member of the DigitalHealth.London and the UKCloud Health Advisory Boards.
She is a frequent judge of digital awards and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Rachel was awarded the Digital Leaders’ 100 Founder’s Award in 2017 and featured in Computer Weekly’s list of 50 Most Influential Women in IT in 2016 and 2017.
CEO, Corsham Institute
Manuel Heichlinger has been working in Talent Acquisition for over 10 years in Germany and the UK. During this time he gained experience at numerous household names in the professional services, staffing and technology sector recruiting talent across EMEA from graduate up to executive level.
In his current role at LinkedIn he manages all recruiting for the UK & Northern Europe. Manuel is very passionate about diversity, inclusion & belonging as well as creating a beautiful candidate experience for all LinkedIn applicants. One thing that is not on his LinkedIn profile is that he became an uncle for the first time last year.
Head of Recruitment (UK &Northern Europe) LinkedIn
Libby graduated from the University of Leeds in 1993 with a BA (Hons.) in Geography and spent the first couple of years of her career in the advertising industry.
She joined Goldman Sachs International, and was made Vice President whilst on maternity leave with her first child, as a single mother. Libby later moved to work for RBS to expand her banking experience and later became the COO for RBS’ business restructuring division.
At Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) she has held a variety of roles, including Head of Financial Market Operations for Europe, before more recently leading the Bank’s Conduct Programme. Libby is now responsible for implementing the Senior Manager and Individual Accountability regime and leading the conduct agenda for the Financial Markets Business.
She won the European “Role Model for Success Award – Agent of Change” in her first year with the bank for her work on engagement in Europe, was Head of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for SCB UK and Head of the Women’s Network, representing the Bank on many industry committees for D&I, including Stonewall, British Bankers Association and Employees Forum for Disability.
Managing Director, Global Head of Conduct Financial Markets - Standard Chartered Bank