Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected', inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good.

Learn more about Julia in this Financial Times profile, 'Dame with a Campaign'.

As Vice President of Business in the Community and former Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities — concentrating on responsible business practice and focusing connecting the unconnected in disadvantaged communities — she promotes collaboration among senior leaders from business, government, education and community organisations to build a more robust civil society.

Julia also plays senior leadership roles in charities aiming to transform education and opportunities for young people. She is now Vice Patron of Teach First having chaired the charity from 2006 to 2014. She was appointed to chair the National Literacy Trust in 2013 and chairs Read on. Get on.

Following her 2012 government review on increasing young people's engagement in social action Julia co-founded the #iwill Campaign, also known as Step Up To Serve, which was convened by the Prince of Wales and launched with the support of three party leaders in November 2013. She is now a trustee of Step Up To Serve, which by 2020 aims to get 60 percent of young people involved in practical action in the service of others. She is a board member of NCS, The Careers and Enterprise Company and The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and chairs the HR committee of NCVO.

She is a past chairman of the Newnham College Campaign and is an external adviser to Carillion's Sustainability Advisory Committee.

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