About us


Mr Speaker, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP

Rt Hon John Bercow MP was elected 157th Speaker of the House of Commons on 22 June 2009. He was elected Member of Parliament for Buckingham in May 1997 as a Conservative, serving on the front benches as spokesman for Education & Employment and Home Affairs. He was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2001 then Shadow Minister for Work & Pensions in 2002 and from 2003 to 2004 as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. He then became a member of the International Development Select Committee and served as co-Chair of the All party Parliamentary group on Burma, vice-Chair of the APG on the prevention of genocide, Africa and Sudan. He was Secretary of the All Party group on Human Rights and established the All Party group on Brain Tumours. In September 2007 he was appointed by the Government to lead a review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Appointed to the Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation in November 2008 he became Chair of the Conference on becoming Speaker.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE

Baroness Grey-Thompson is Britain’s greatest Paralympian, winning eleven gold medals over five Paralympic Games, and now sitting in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer with specialist interests in sport, disability, health and youth development.  Since retiring from athletics, Baroness Grey-Thompson has been active in speaking out on issues including benefit reform and accessible transport. During heated debates in the House of Lords, she has been instrumental in moving several amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill, making insightful contributions and pushing the Government to making concessions.  Baroness Grey-Thompson is the President of NCVO and has a longstanding association with the wider voluntary sector, and was appointed in 2011 as the President of the Leadership 20:20 Commission for developing emerging leaders in civil society,. She is a patron of numerous charities including Sportsleaders UK, and is a trustee of vInspired, a charity that helps young people become volunteers. As well as this she is the Patron of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and is a board member of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation.

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE

Martyn Lewis CBE is the chairman of NCVO’s Trustee Board. His knowledge of the voluntary sector spans 29 years and includes being a founder and chairman of YouthNet; chairman of the Awards Committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; chairman and co-founder of Families of the Fallen; trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust; president of United Response; deputy chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards; and vice-president of Help The Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care. His career as a television journalist includes 32 years presenting mainstream television programmes for the BBC and ITV.

Sir Lynton Crosby, AO  

Dubbed ‘the Wizard of Oz’ in the UK press, Sir Lynton Crosby is an internationally renowned campaign strategist and co-founder of the C|T Group.  Sir Lynton’s intuitive grasp of what it takes to win has been finely honed through years of providing high-level advice to prime ministers, premiers, opposition leaders and senior business figures.  In 1998 and 2001, he led successful campaigns for Australian Prime Minister John Howard. In 2008 he masterminded Boris Johnson’s campaign for the London mayoralty, beating Ken Livingstone, the UK Labour Party’s most electorally successful politician, against the odds. Bucking the Conservative Party’s national trend, he then repeated the feat in 2012.  During the 2015 UK General Election Sir Lynton steered the Conservative Party to an historic victory, taking the party from a 12-point deficit to a near 7-point lead. This was the first time a Conservative government had been returned to office with an increased share of the vote since 1955.  Sir Lynton holds a degree in Economics from The University of Adelaide

John Pienaar  

John Pienaar is Radio 5 live’s Chief Political Correspondent and joint presenter of Weekend News.  A well-connected and respected figure at the heart of the Westminster scene for two decades, both on Radio 5 live and BBC television, John combines sublime explanation of the key themes of politics with the authority of a seasoned insider. His political podcast, downloadable from this link, analyses the main themes of the week.

Corporate Patrons


A proud corporate sponsor of the Patchwork Foundation, KPMG has sponsored the MP of the Year Awards since 2014.  KPMG Partners and staff speak at Patchwork events, regularly attend masterclasses, and often host them at their offices. Their incoming Head of Financial Services, Jonathan Holt is a Patchwork Ambassador and Tax Partner Siddiq Musa has been working with the Foundation for over five years.   It fully supports the Foundation’s drive to engage and expose under-represented, deprived and minority communities to politics.

KPMG is a leading professional services firm, with over 13,000 employees and 22 offices in the UK. It provides audit, tax and advisory specialisms to its clients. Through their involvement, KPMG Partners and staff provide an insight to those involved in the programme into life at a major professional services firm and also support Patchwork in terms of their future direction and priorities.

As a firm, KPMG is committed to tackling social mobility and leads by example, calling on the wider business community to take action on this critical issue. They work with over 30 primary schools and over 100 secondary schools and colleges nationally.   KPMG was recently recognised as one of the country’s leading employers in the inaugural Social Mobility Employer Index, is one of the Government’s 11 founding Social Mobility Business Compact Champions, and is the winner of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Strategy Council 

Chairman: Jonathan Holt – Head of Financial Services, KPMG

Jonathan Holt is KPMG’s Head of Financial Services in the UK. He joined KPMG in 1994 and, after five years with the firm, Jon completed a two-year assignment in London with HM Treasury, being appointed as an one of three Investigators tasked with assessing the Sound and Prudent Management of an insurance company. From 2003 – 2005, Jon was the EA to KPMG’s Head of Risk and Regulation with specific responsibility for Professional Affairs in London and Brussels.  In 2006, Jon was made a Partner in Financial Services where he led a wide range of assurance and advisory assignments for insurance, banking and asset management clients. From 2013-2017, Jon was the Office Senior Partner in Manchester, KPMG’s third largest office and was responsible for driving KPMG’s strategy in the North. Jon is now the UK Head of Financial Services with overall responsibility for a third of the Firm’s revenue. Jon continues to be a Global Lead and a signing Partner on a number of FTSE 100 clients.  Jon has always taken an active role in promoting partnerships within the public and private sector communities and as well as being involved in a number of charities focused on social and political inclusion.

Farmida Bi – Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Farmida Bi is a banking lawyer based in the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright, where she is European Head of Islamic Finance. She has specialised in capital markets and Islamic finance for over 20 years, and speaks frequently in academic and professional forums. She has recently spoken at Cambridge University, Harvard University, Cass Business School, the London School of Economics, University College Dublin and Nottingham University. Farmida is a graduate of Downing College, Cambridge and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and a New York attorney.

David Glass – Partner, M&C Saatchi

David Glass is a partner at international creative agency M&C Saatchi. For almost twenty years he has helped to run its export division, with global clients such as Siemens, Airbus and Etihad Airways. David has particular expertise researching and managing behaviour change and internal communication campaigns, across complex organisations working with senior management and stakeholders.

Matthew Hanney – Director, Flint Global

Matthew Hanney is a Director at Flint Global, a business advisory firm. He advises companies in the tech, digital and sharing economy sectors, and on providing Brexit analysis. Prior to joining Flint Global he was a Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in the Coalition Government between 2010 to 2015, covering policy areas including the Home Office, European relations and Constitutional Affairs. Prior to that he worked in the UK Parliament. He has also written for The Economist on European political issues

Matt Hyde – Chief Executive, The Scouts Association

Matt Hyde joined The Scout Association as Chief Executive in April 2013. He is also Vice-Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and a trustee of youth social action charity Step Up to Serve. The Scouts are the largest youth organisation in the UK, with nearly 620,000 members, including 154,000 adult volunteers. The organisation has recently celebrated its twelfth consecutive year of membership growth. Before joining The Scouts, Matt was Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS) for seven years, leading the organisation through a significant change programme.  Matt is a Patron of UNLOCK (the charity for people with
convictions) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary University of London in 2012.

Leah Kreitzman – Mayoral Director for External and International Affairs, GLA

Leah Kreitzman is Mayoral Director for External
and International Affairs, having previously
been a Senior Adviser to Sadiq Khan’s
campaign to be Mayor of London. Before this,
Leah was Director of Public Affairs for UNICEF
UK. She has led advocacy campaigns for
international NGOs such as Save the Children
and ONE, as well as working for the UK’s
leading international development think tank, the Overseas Development Institute.  Leah has also been a strategic communications advisor to the Shadow Cabinet on criminal justice, human rights, and constitutional reform. She has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Bristol.

Dennis Marcus – Founder, Ubuntu London

As a founder of Ubuntu London, Dennis helps individuals and organisations across a range of sectors identify and define their mission and best possible strategy for the future. He approaches this from the perspective of storytelling, because stories that are compelling and resonate with their audience make for effective strategies. As Samuel Johnson said – ‘words are but the signs of ideas’.  Always having a lot of both to offer, he helps you find your
most powerful stories, be they in the form of strategy (as he
has done for global businesses, charities and major international political campaigns), speeches (for former Heads of Government and leading business executives), copywriting (for businesses and thought leaders) or scripts (for production companies and a former Prime Minister). He also organised ‘life is wonderful!’ – a week-long celebration of the three surviving men who were on trial alongside Nelson Mandela – Denis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni – during which they were hosted by the Prime Minister, celebrated at a large-scale gala by over 700 people and awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Poppy Mitchell-Rose – Director, Freud Communications

Poppy leads Freuds work with government, foundations and countries. Previously she worked in Downing Street and HM Treasury. She was a Special Advisor to the Chancellor George Osborne from 2005 – 2013. Her clients include Nike Foundation, Gates Foundation, Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, LetterOne, Mars, and various Middle East countries and organisations. She has worked for the BBC and Reuters.

Jessica Taplin – Chief Executive, v-inspired

Jessica is currently Chief Executive 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 that 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 provided support to young people via web chats using remote volunteers and a Department for Education funded crisis counselling phone service.  Previously, Jessica was Chief Executive at Get Connected, the UK telephone helpline for under 25s, successfully leading its merger with Youth Net to create The Mix, a partner charity of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s Heads Together campaign. Jessica historically headed up Partnerships and Public Engagement at The Big Lottery Fund, developing the strategic objectives and leading the implementation of the Partnerships and Public Engagement strand of its UK Portfolio – funding such initiatives as The Big Lunch, Get Set & two multi-episode TV partnerships with both the BBC & Channel 4. 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. Jessica has also recently become Trustee of Neighbourhood Watch, helping create stronger safer communities across the UK, with the Police and Home Office.


National Advisory Board

Andrea Cooper 

Andrea is the former Director of UpRising. She joined UpRising from the BBC, where she worked for 3 years as a Business Manager on the £600m Digital Switchover Help Scheme , and as a Project Manager on the £800m New Broadcasting House project. For 6 years previous to that, she was an Operations Director at Common Purpose – a not for profit leadership development organisation – with a focus on North West and London regions.  She started her career with Procter & Gamble, where she worked for 7 years in a variety of commercial roles. She was a Graduate Training manager for 2 years, and led on various community relations initiatives to develop young people’s skills.  Andrea is a Trustee of three charities: Street LeagueInitiatives of Change, and the Irene Prestwich Trust.

Lucy Caldicott (Representing UpRising)

Lucy started her career in international financial services marketing roles for American Express and MoneyGram International. She has worked in a range of voluntary sector organisations over the last twenty years campaigning against inequality and injustice.

Her first charity sector role was for the Prince’s Trust where she raised funds for a mentoring programme for young care leavers. She led the fundraising and partnership development teams at VSO, the international development charity, and was responsible for the delivery of a successful Lord Mayor’s Appeal in the City of London in 2007. She then moved to become Director of Fundraising at CLIC Sargent, the children and young people’s cancer charity, leading teams throughout the UK raising funds for four new homes from home and delivering successful corporate partnerships with Tesco, Santander, and JD Wetherspoon.  She was then interim CEO at Diversity Role Models, which works to eradicate homophobic bullying in schools through curriculum-based workshops and teacher training.

Lucy is also on the board of the Fundraising Regulator, Hope and Homes for Children which seeks to eradicate institutionalisation of children worldwide and Fair For You, which supports financially-excluded people with access to loans for household goods.

Stephanie Leonard (Representing Citizens UK)

Stephanie Leonard is a community organiser for North London Citizens and NCOT, organising in the boroughs of Camden and Islington. Stephanie leads on the Blood, Sweat and Tears (BST) campaign developing young diaspora leaders to challenge how migrants and refugees are perceived and treated in the Unites Kingdom. Stephanie played an instrumental role in ensuring the government committed to bringing 1000 Syrian refugees to the UK before Christmas in 2016. Before working for Citizens UK, Stephanie spent some time overseas in Kenya organising disabled residents in the slums of Kisumu, to participate and claim their rights from local government. Stephanie grew up in London, studied Geography at University College London, and completed an MSc in Social Development Practice at UCL and was awarded a distinction. Her thesis ‘The Negotiated City: A reflection on participation, conflict and hegemonic resistance’ is a required reading for UCL MSc ‘Social Development Practice’ students.

Shabir Randeree CBE (Representing Prince’s Trust Mosaic)

Shabir Randeree is Chairman of the DCD Group, an investment company with 30 years of experience in Real Estate, Venture Capital, Banking and Finance. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Al Baraka Bank South Africa and served as Chairman and founding director at EIIB, European Islamic Investment Bank plc (2006-12) and as founding director at IBB, Islamic Bank of Britain plc (2003-07).  Shabir is an Advisor to the UK Government’s Asia Task Force and the IFTF, Islamic Finance Task Force (2013). He served on the Ethnic Minorities Business Task Force (2007-09) and co-founded Edutrust, a multi Academy sponsor. Recently he was elected Chair of Governors at the Westminster Academy and Deputy Chairman of the HRH charity MOSAIC.  He is also a champion for 3FF, Three Faiths Forum.  Shabir was awarded a CBE in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2013 in recognition of his services to both business and education, as well as for his philanthropic support of charitable causes.

Sophie Stephens

Sophie worked as a Community Organiser with Citizens UK for six years. Sophie was Lead Organiser for North London Citizens, an alliance of 40+ civic institutions across 5 boroughs of North London, with a special focus on organising in schools. While at Citizens UK, Sophie co-authored the Citizens Inquiry into the Tottenham Riots and Sophie pioneered the Living Wage in football campaign which led to Chelsea FC accrediting as the first Living Wage Premier League Club at Christmas 2014. Sophie is now an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, a leading management consultancy firm.

Simon Woolley (Representing OBV)

Simon Woolley is one of the founders of, and Director of Operation Black Vote (OBV). OBV is the first comprehensive campaign that addresses the Black political democratic deficit. Simon sits on the board for the National Coalition for Black Volunteering; is an Executive Member of String of Pearls; is a member of the London Commission for Sustainable Development; sits on the GLA Equality Commission, and is an ECHR Commissioner.  Simon was one of the founders of the London Civic Forum and is a contributor to Equanomics UK, which has seen him participate in a UK tour with Reverend Jesse Jackson. He has a number of awards and accolades to his name, including being voted onto the Grassroots Powerlist 2002, which was published by the Big Issue; being awarded the Men of Merit Award in 2003; and being listed in the Telegraph’s Top 100 Left List in September 2007 and 2008.  Simon has a broad range of expertise including political empowerment; Black civil rights; policy research and development; campaign strategy; fundraising; public speaking; and the implementation of citizenship programmes within the community.  Many government departments such as the Home Office, the Electoral Commission, Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice call on Simon Woolley to advise on areas of race and politics.  Simon has written for the National news publications such as the Guardian, The Independent, and The Express. He is also a regular contributor to African, Caribbean and Asian press here in the UK. Simon appears regularly on national TV and radio programmes, discussing issues relating to the Black community.

Tim Mortimer (Representing 3FF)

Tim is a Programmes Coordinator at interfaith charity Three Faiths Forum (3FF). In this role he oversees ParliaMentors, a UN award winning leadership programme where university students from different faiths and beliefs collaborate to create social change whilst being mentored by MPs. Since 2007 over 400 young people have graduated from ParliaMentors, going on to be charity directors, senior civil servants, published authors and MPs themselves. Tim also supported a diverse group of young leaders to found the UK’s first Interfaith Summit in 2015 attracting over 300 young people. The Interfaith Summit is now an annual event in UK Interfaith Week. The son of two vicars, Tim has an MA in Religion and Public Life from the University of Leeds and is a trained interfaith and intercultural facilitator. He also volunteers with organisations working on disability inclusion and LGBT rights.

Yasmin Waljee OBE 

Yasmin Waljee is a solicitor and full-time Pro Bono Manager at international law firm Hogan Lovells LLP.  Yasmin’s appointment in 1997 was the first of its kind by a City law firm.  Since then she has worked with partners in the firm to develop an international pro bono programme providing free 15,000 hours of legal advice to over 200 charities and individuals a year unable to afford legal advice.   She is an immigration lawyer but now regularly works on human rights cases including compensation for the July 7 victims, Article 2 issues and compensation for British victims of crime and terrorism abroad.  In May 2005 Yasmin was short listed for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and in April 2000 Yasmin was awarded The Times Woman Solicitor of the Year.  Yasmin was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2010 for her services to the Muslim community.

Zishan Nurmohamed

Zishan is an Executive Director at Ernst & Young, London where he works on audits of privately owned business and small listed companies and supports EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year programme. Zishan has also spent time working in Dubai and in industry in leading financial institutions. Zishan is a keen supporter of mentoring, working with the London leadership team of Mosaic, a Princes Trust charity where he has spent time mentoring and help shape the direction of the London region.

Executive Team

Imran Sanaullah (Chief Executive Officer)

Imran is a young leader who has been part of Patchwork since its inception as a volunteer, but through his passion and determination become the CEO of the foundation. Imran was the inaugural winner of the Naz Bokhari Award for his hard work in his local community and school. His work has expanded to working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to increase youth interaction and transparency of the FCO which has led to the creation of the Youth Inspiration Group. Imran studied Law whilst at university. He has a strong background in the charity sector, especially with the aim of helping young people with his previous roles at the University of Westminster Students’ Union and Mosaic (part of the Princes Trust) and continues to help young people become future leaders and is committed to the continued improvement and expansion of the Patchwork Foundation.

Jonathan Freeman (Chief Strategy Officer)

Jonathan has extensive senior experience spanning the Civil Service and charitable sector, with a powerful commitment to social justice and community cohesion.  Jonathan was Managing Director of Mosaic, HRH The Prince of Wales’ mentoring charitable initiative at The Prince’s Trust, with which he was involved since its earliest days.   Prior to that, Jonathan was Government Relations Director at Business in the Community.  Jonathan was previously a member of the Senior Civil Service in the UK Government, in which capacity he was responsible for significant policy and operational delivery in areas of social justice of the highest importance and political sensitivity in a range of departments including the Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and Department for Communities.  Jonathan also has significant experience of the UK justice systems, including working directly with the most senior levels of the UK judiciary.  Jonathan is also Senior Mentoring Adviser to the Careers & Enterprise Company.

Esmat Jerej (Head of Operations)

Esmat joined the Patchwork Foundation as Director of Operations in 2018, but her involvement with the Foundation dates back several years during which she served as an executive member helping shape strategy. Esmat holds a BA in History from the University of Reading, following which she has held a number of roles in the public and private sector including working for the London 2012 Olympic Games, serving as a Public Affairs Manager for a national non-profit, and most recently leading a national Commission exploring barriers to participation in public life for a minority community. Esmat has a keen interest in diversity, intersectional feminism and social mobility, and outside of work delivers training to women and young people from diaspora communities on leadership and effective organising. She is also a school governor for a Primary school in South London.

Oliver Kasin (Head of GetInvolved)

Oliver’s background is diversity and equality having read Religious Studies and Theology at the University of Manchester, worked for Stonewall UK and travelled around Malawi working on HIV programmes. He is Patchwork Foundation’s Joint Deputy Chief of Staff and within his capacity oversees the organisations flagship MP of the Year Awards. He also manages the Party Conference Programme that takes young people to the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP conferences and runs numerous of their other events. Aside from working for Patchwork Foundation Oliver is involved with The Challenge, a social enterprise organisation that runs the government funded programme National Citizen Service.

The Patchwork Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales. Registered No. 1177576. Registered Office: 124 Earlsbrook Road, Redhill, RH1 6HZ.

Email: info@patchworkfoundation.org.uk

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