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Barry Sheerman MP Chair of Policy Connect

Barry Sheerman MP

Chair 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 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.

Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan Shaw

Chief Executive

Jonathan worked as a care assistant, social worker and local councillor before being elected to Parliament for three terms between 1997-2010.

During his time as an MP he was a Minister at DEFRA, DWP and Regional Minister for the South East England. Before joining Policy Connect, Jonathan led a consultancy company that supported a range of organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

He is also chair of a mental health charity, Blackthorn Trust.

Claudia Jaksch COO Policy Connect

Claudia Jaksch, MA

Chief Operating Officer & Head of Sustainability

As Chief Operating Officer, Claudia provides Policy Connect's Chief Executive with strategic and operational oversight of Policy Connect’s administrative, financial and HR capabilities and advises Policy Connect Board Members on key strategic issues. She is also Company Secretary.

As Head of the Sustainability department, Claudia oversees all of Policy Connect's sustainability-themed work on energy and climate change, the circular economy and sustainable resources, the built environment, natural capital and infrastructure. 

Claudia holds a Masters degree in International Political Economy from King's College London and a Bachelor's degree in European Studies from the University of Passau, Germany. She is now undertaking an Executive MBA with Warwick Business School, Warwick University.

Her past experiences include working for Stakeholder Forum, an international organisation dedicated to advancing sustainable development at a global level, as well as roles at the central bank in Germany and in the private sector in Spain.

In her spare time, Claudia enjoys exploring London's world of museums, art galleries, and restaurants, running, playing squash, reading, and travelling.

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Sir David Melville at Policy Connect

Sir David Melville, CBE

Chair, Pearson Education Ltd. Policy Connect board member.

Sir David Melville has extensive experience of national higher and further education policy. He is a currently Chair of Pearson Education Ltd.

He is former Vice Chancellor of the University of Kent and the University of Middlesex, former Chief Executive of the Further Education Funding Council, and former Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the University Vocational Awards Council, Lifelong Learning UK, the Kent and Medway Learning and Skills Council, and the NHS Postgraduate Deanery and Health Education England, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

He was a member of the Tomlinson Review of 14-19 Curriculum and Qualifications, the Foundation Degree Task Force, the Foster Review of the Future of Further Education Colleges and chaired the UK Universities Race Equality Consultation Project and the HE in a Web 2.0 World review. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (now Universities UK) and Chair of its LongerTerm Strategy Committee. He has chaired a number of UK Research council boards and been an advisor on further and higher education to successive government ministers.

He was appointed a CBE in 2001 and a Knight Bachelor in 2007 for services to further and higher education. Sir David was educated at Sheffield and Columbia Universities. He began his career as a lecturer in physics at Southampton University, and became Professor of Physics and Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy and subsequently Assistant Director and Vice-Rector of Lancashire Polytechnic.

Lord Robin Teverson

Lord Teverson

Policy Connect Board member

Having been elected as a Member of the European Parliament for Cornwall and West Plymouth in 1994, he resided as Chief Whip of the European Liberal Democrats from 1997-1999. After this Robin was a Cornwall Councillor.

In 2006, Robin was elected as a life Peer. He has since been working on topics including renewable energy and utilities, climate change, economic affairs and the European Union subcommittee, as well as our sustainability policy activities here at Policy Connect.

Robin joined the Policy Connect Board in May 2016.

Photo courtesy of the Liberal Democrats.

Jocelyn Bailey

Senior consultant, Uscreates. Policy Connect Board member

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.

Chris Pickard

Chris Pickard

Managing Director of Pickard Consulting Ltd. Board Member at Policy Connect.

Chris Pickard is a consultant and independent advisor on negotiation and consensus building.  

He helps organisations to understand and navigate public policy problems and reach mutually beneficial agreements in complex, multi-stakeholder commercial negotiations. His aim is to help negotiating counterparties and their stakeholders to secure higher value agreements more quickly, and with relationships strengthened by the process.

Chris is Managing Director of Pickard Consulting Ltd, an Alliance Partner with Movius Consulting, the leading international negotiations and leadership consultancy, and a Board Member at Policy Connect.

Previously, he worked as a senior-level market access and public affairs professional in the life sciences industry, with various international leadership roles at Pfizer Inc. and Novo Nordisk. He began his career at the Associate Parliamentary Health Group, where he was involved in establishing the group.

Chris holds a first-class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York. He lives with his wife and daughter in London.

Lynn Tomkins

Chair, Skills 4. Policy Connect Board member

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. 

Chris White

Chris White

Policy Connect Vice Chair

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

He served 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.

Ken Gill at Policy Connect

Ken Gill

Chief Executive Officer for NCUK. Chair of the Audit and Resources Subcommittee.

Ken is the Chief Executive of the Northern Consortium United Kingdom (NCUK). He is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Personnel Professional and holds a Master of Business Administration.

Ken has held a number of voluntary and non-executive director roles including appointment as a special measures Vice Chair of Governors of a London School by the then Secretary of State for Education, Founding Trustee of a Hospice/ Respite home, the first honorary treasurer and Trustee of a national HIV/AIDS charity in Scotland, Director of Future Leaders Charitable Trust (a social enterprise to attract leaders to challenging inner city schools), served as a member of the Court of Heriot Watt University and an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham. Ken was also an elected Council member and Trustee of the Association of Accounting Technicians where he chaired of one of the four policy committees of Council (Regulation and Compliance).

Robert Hunt Policy Connect board

Robert Hunt

Chief Corporate Officer, Veolia UK. Policy Connect board member.

Robert is the UK Chief Corporate Officer for Veolia and is responsible for key corporate services. He heads up their Shared Service Centre which also includes water and energy.

After studying law at Pembroke College, Oxford, Robert trained as a solicitor in the City of London. Specialising in projects and corporate law, he joined Veolia Environmental Services as General Counsel before moving to Veolia Transport in Paris as International Projects and Legal Director. He re-joined the company as Executive Director in April 2011.

Robert champions the idea of developing smarter ways of working that optimise resources and create a sustainable future. As designated sector champion for the environment he is leading in Defra’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’ which is focused on ensuring environmental regulations affecting business are fit for purpose.