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Barry Sheerman MP

Chairman and Co-Founder
Barry Sheerman MP is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield, and chairman and co-founder of Policy Connect.
Formerly Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 and the Education and Skills Committee from 2001-2007, he is co-chair or member of several of the groups within the Policy Connect network, including the APSRG, APMG, APDIG, Higher Education Commission and Skills Commission.
An energetic social and political entrepreneur having initiated over 30 different social enterprises over the past 20 years. He is Chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, Urban Mines (an environmental charity), The John Clare Trust and The Dominic Rogers Trust, all of which he helped to establish. He is also a Visiting Professor of Social Enterprise at the University of Huddersfield.

Chris White MP

Policy Connect Board member

Chris White is Conservative Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington.

He serves as co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty and Honourary Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise.

His private members bill led to the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which requires local authorities and other public bodies to consider social impact when procuring services. In January 2013, he was appointed by the Government to act as the UK's first ever social value ambassador, tasked with overseeing and encouraging improvements in the social, environmental and economic impact of public services contracts.

Jacqui Henderson CBE

Policy Connect Board member
Jacqui Henderson CBE is a Board Member at Policy Connect, advising on the organisation's education and skills output, as well as serving as a member of both the Skills Commission and the Higher Education Commission.
Beyond Policy Connect, she acts as Managing Director of Creative Leadership and Skills Ltd; Chair of Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of Northumberland County Council's Leadership Forum. She is Chair of Governors at Northumberland College, a Non Executive Director of UK Skills and is Vice President of the Advisory Group of CPPS, as well as a Senior Advisor to the British Council.
Prior to this, Jacqui served as Chief Executive of UK Skills and Regional Director for the Learning and Skills Council in Greater London. She further acted as Chief Executive of the Training and Enterprise Councils' National Council and the Managing Director of Northumberland Training and Enterprise Council.
Jacqui has been a member of Newcastle University's Council since 2005, serving as Deputy Chair from 2009-11. She is Chair of the University/Students' Union Partnership Committee and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Honorary Degrees Committee.
She was made a CBE in 2001 for services to education and training.


Les Pyle

Policy Connect Board member
Les Pyle is a Board Member at Policy Connect, advising on governance as well as the organisation's work across the sustainability agenda.
Les has served as Chief Executive of Institute of Collaborative Working since 2001. This followed a career in the I.T. industry, including 18 years as a director with ICL, latterly Fujitsu, primarily in International Procurement / Supply Chain activities. As part of the integration of ICL into Fujitsu, Les was appointed to the board of a number of Fujitsu International Group Companies, specifically Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain.


Peter Jones OBE

Policy Connect Board member
Peter T Jones is a Board Member at Policy Connect, advising on the organisation's work across the sustainability agenda, most notably in sustainable resource and recycling policy.
Peter was until May 2008 a Director of Biffa Waste Services Limited and now operates as a freelance advisor to numerous organisations working across the waste, carbon and materials efficiency agenda.  Peter retired as Chair of the DEFRA/DTI Resource Efficiency KTN in Summer 2009 but continues as a Board member of the reformed Resource Efficiency KTN.  In 2003 he became a member of the DEFRA New Technologies Demonstrator Programme, 
He has been appointed Chair of a specialist group looking at a Zero Waste economy for Advantage West Midlands, as well as acting as member of the Zero Waste Scotland Think-tank and the Mayor of London’s Special Advisor on waste. Additionally he is a strategic advisor for a variety of UK Blue Chips examining the issues around Distributed Energy and the impact of low carbon policies. 
A member of the Chartered Institutes of Marketing, Transport, and Wastes Management, he qualified as an Industrial Economist and in July 2007 received an Honorary Degree from the University of Southampton as a Doctor of the University for work associated with Environmental technologies. He has given evidence to a range of Parliamentary Select Committees over the years on waste, sustainability and resource efficiency. 

Phil Kirby

Policy Connect Board member

Duncan Eaton

Policy Connect Board member
Duncan Eaton is a Board Member at Policy Connect, where he acts as Executive Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group.
He is Chairman, Kimal Holdings PLC and is a non-executive director and advisor to several healthcare and public sector related companies and organisations. He is also an advisor to the Health Care Supply Association. Duncan had a 40 year career in NHS and civil service management, including establishing and acting as Chief Executive of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency from 2000 to 2006 - responsible for providing national level purchasing and strategic procurement direction to the NHS in England.
From 1992 to 2000 he was Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Health Authority and is a past president of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Healthcare Supply Association. He holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Bath.


Jocelyn Bailey

Jocelyn is a senior consultant at Uscreates, a communication and service design agency focusing on health and wellbeing, where she works with a range of clients across the public and third sector.
Previous to Uscreates, Jocelyn was a consultant for BOP Consulting, a research company specialising in strategic support for the creative and cultural sector, and previous to that led the manufacturing, design and innovation team at Policy Connect. In five years there she built up a body of work and an agenda around design policy – those areas of mutual interest to design and politics – and revived its discussion in Parliament. 
Alongside other roles she has worked in collaboration with academics to raise the discussion and critique of social design, with a series of 'Social Design Talks'. Following this in 2014 she was a Visiting Scholar at the V&A, working on a project for the AHRC, mapping social design research and practice. She is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Brighton, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, looking at the growing trend of design being used as a strategic and policy tool by governments. 
She originally trained as an architect at Cambridge, and has an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck College (University of London). She is a fellow of the RSA and a judge for the RSA Student Design Awards.

Lynn Tomkins

Lynn is Chair of Skills4, the UK's leading provider of the accredited Career Advancement and Progression programme for women as well as other specialist programmes which deliver measurable business improvements for high performing companies by addressing gender and diversity balance within business. She is also one of Skills4's leading executive coaches and trainer. 
Lynn works with companies such as Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Atkins and Bombardier, delivering training and coaching to senior executives. Lynn is a Board member of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), of Policy Connect, and Hexham Race Course, she is also the Vice Chair of Northumberland College. Lynn was the first ever woman Vice President of the Ship Building, Ship Repair Association. 

Clare Minchington

Clare Minchington has worked at the interface of professional and higher education for over 20 years. Until March 2015 she was the Executive Director for Strategy and Development at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) responsible for ACCA's intellectual capital, from the overall strategy to talent, brand, policy and qualifications. She currently works as a strategic consultant for professional bodies and universities. 
A qualified accountant, having trained with PwC (formerly Price Waterhouse), prior to joining ACCA in 2000 she was Chair of the MBA Financial Strategy course at the Open University Business School.
Clare has held a number of national and international appointments in the field of professional and higher education including board membership of IFAC’s International Accounting Education Standards Board, the CISI Examination Board, the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance, and Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Oxford Brookes University Business School.
She is a trustee and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for the Terrence Higgins Trust and a director of Policy Connect, a leading not-for-profit network of Parliamentary groups and research commissions.