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Hala Audi

CEO
The Trinity Challenge
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Torsten Bell

Chief Executive
Resolution Foundation
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Dr Holly Birkett

Co-Director, Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC) and Impact Lead,
Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham
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Peter Cheese

Chief Executive
CIPD
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Paul Dossett

Partner
Grant Thornton
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Mike Driver

Interim Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Vice President, CIPFA
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Aasmah Mir

Broadcaster and Journalist
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Ben Page

Chief Executive
Ipsos MORI
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Matthew Rees

Director
NAO Commercial Hub
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Mike Savage

Professor of Sociology
London School of Economics

Hala Audi

CEO
The Trinity Challenge

Hala leads The Trinity Challenge as its first CEO.  She brings to the Challenge her passion and expertise to improve health outcomes by looking for social, business and economic innovation to solve some of the most complex global health issues.

She led the Review on AMR chaired by Jim O’Neill, commissioned by the UK Prime Minister and the Wellcome Trust in 2014.  The Review helped to transform global awareness of the problem of drug resistance and increase fivefold the level of public and private investment for scientific research in the field.  It produced micro and macro-economic modelling and policy proposals that are now being implemented nationally and discussed by key decision makers in the G7, the G20 and the UN.

Hala’s twenty year career spans the law (Skadden) and government (HM Treasury in the UK), with expertise in international law, infrastructure, and complex programmes delivery. She studied law at Université Paris II-Assas and Columbia Law School in New York, and public policy at the Kennedy School of Government and the LSE (MPA 2008).

Hala is French and Lebanese. She was born in Beirut, where she goes back regularly, and grew up in Paris. She lives in London with her family.

Torsten Bell

Chief Executive
Resolution Foundation

Torsten is the Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, a think tank that combines analytical rigour with policy prescriptions to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. He has a background in economic policy, with his current research focuses including inequality, the labour market, tax and benefits, and housing and wealth. Prior to leading the Resolution Foundation, Torsten was Director of Policy for the Labour Party. He has also worked in HM Treasury, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the financial crisis and as a civil servant. Torsten is a trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr Holly Birkett

Co-Director, Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC) and Impact Lead,
Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham

Dr. Holly Birkett is Co-Director of the Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC) and Impact Lead for Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham. Holly’s research fields are work inclusivity and career transitions. She is currently Co-Director of the Equal Parenting Project and is currently conducting research into: flexible working during COVID-19 and future intentions regarding working practices, parental leave policies and fathers in the workplace. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has conducted longitudinal research with employees and managers about their experiences with homeworking during COVID-19 and the implications for future working practices in conjunction with Dr. Sarah Forbes from the University of Birmingham and colleagues at the University of Kent.

Peter Cheese

Chief Executive
CIPD

Peter is the CIPD’s chief executive. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.

Peter is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of AHRI (the Australian HR Institute) and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Bath Management School. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University and Birmingham City University.

Prior to joining the CIPD in July 2012, he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Council of City&Guilds. Up until 2009 he had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven year spell as Global Managing Director, leading the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice.

Paul Dossett

Partner
Grant Thornton

Paul is a CIPFA qualified accountant who has worked on local government and NHS audit, assurance and advisory projects for over 30 years.  He chairs the firm’s Local Government Board, and currently audits a number of high profile councils including Cornwall, Brent and Kent County Council  and provides assurances on a range of government grants to both public sector and private sector bodies.

Paul has been carrying out audit of local bodies for nearly 35 years.

His career audit experience has included:

  • Audit of London boroughs,  unitary authorities’, Mets, and County Councils.
  • Audit of major teaching hospitals across London including Barts, GSTT and St. Georges.

Paul is also a member of CIPFA’s Public Financial Management Board.

Mike Driver


Interim Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Vice President, CIPFA

Mike moved into government finance in 1999 and held a number of senior roles from 2012 including Chief Financial Officer at the Department for Work & Pensions and Ministry of Justice. In 2017 Mike was appointed to Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, a position he held for over 3 years to drive the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance Function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes. Mike has a plethora of additional roles including a non-executive board member of Shared Services Connect Limited.

Aasmah Mir


Broadcaster and Journalist

Aasmah Mir is a Sony Gold Award-winning broadcaster who presents the Breakfast show on Times Radio alongside Stig Abell. In addition, she has a popular column in The Times newspaper every Thursday

Before joining The Times, she was the popular co-presenter of ‘Saturday Live‘ on BBC Radio 4 alongside Rev Richard Coles for 5 years.  She regularly reports for ITV during elections and for their flagship current affairs programme ‘Tonight”

In 2017 she was part of the presenting team for ITV’s General Election coverage, reporting from Birmingham on the West Midlands seats. In 2015 she was part of the ITV team for the 2015 election and, in 2014, co-hosted ‘Scotland Decides’, ITV’s live results programme for the Scottish independence referendum.

In 2016, she presented a live EU referendum debate online for the Telegraph between leading Leavers and Remainers including Boris Johnson and Alex Salmond.

Born and brought up in Glasgow to Pakistani parents, Aasmah graduated in law from Bristol University.

Ben Page

Chief Executive
Ipsos MORI

Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI in the UK and Ireland. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. He has been CEO since 2009. A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed thousands of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour. From 1987-1992 Ben worked in our private sector business on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health. He is a visiting Professor at Kings College London, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and serves on the ESRC Council and the CBI Council for London.

Matthew Rees

Director
NAO Commercial Hub

Matthew has recently returned to the NAO to lead our work on Commercial, having previously led our corporate finance value for money practice.

His private sector career spans audit, valuations, investment banking, and consultancy, and he has advised clients in various international jurisdictions. He has corporate governance experience as a senior independent non-executive director and audit & risk committee chair.

Matthew also has extensive experience of competition and economic regulation, having delivered a wide range of regulatory functions and engaged with government and commercial counterparties across many industries including financial services, energy, water and defence.

Matthew is professionally qualified in accounting and corporate finance and a member of several professional and membership bodies.

Follow Matthew on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Mike Savage

Professor of Sociology
London School of Economics

Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, and the former Director/ co-founder of the International Inequalities Institute, one of the world’s premier centres for research and teaching focusing on the contemporary challenge of inequality. He has long standing interests in the study of class and inequality, especially recognising the cultural processes involved in class divisions. His work with the BBC on the Great British Class Survey was widely discussed and led to the book ‘Social Class in the 21st Century’. His new book ‘The challenge of inequality: social change and the weight of history’ will be published by Harvard University Press in 2021.