The Secretariat

Sir Richard Lambert, Chair

Sir Richard Lambert is Chairman of the British Museum and Chancellor of Warwick University. He was editor of the Financial Times from 1991 to 2001; a member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2006, and Director General of the CBI from 2006 to 2011.

Dame Julia Cleverdon, Vice Chair

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.

 As Vice President of Business in the Community and Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities — concentrating on responsible business practice and the Place Strategy to improve 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. As Chair of Teach First from 2006 to 2014, and now Vice Patron, Julia has pioneered efforts to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers in low-income communities across the UK.  In addition, Julia is Vice Chair of the Fair Education Alliance – an association of education and business organisations to drive action at local and national level to make education and life chances fair for all young people. She also serves on the Board of Teach for All, the international partnership with Teach for America that seeks to spread the experience and mission to other interested social entrepreneurs across the world. Julia was appointed to chair the National Literacy Trust in 2013 and chairs Read on. Get on., the national campaign to ensure all children are reading well be the age of 11 so that by 2025 all children in the UK will start secondary school as confident readers.

Following her 2012 government review on increasing young people's engagement in social action Julia co-founded the Campaign for Youth Social Action, now known as Step Up To Serve, which was convened by HRH 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. Julia is also a board member of National Citizen Service, the Careers and Enterprise Company and the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

She is an external adviser to Carillion's Sustainability Advisory Committee and, until recently, chaired the advisory board of the Newnham College Campaign.

Lewis Iwu, Director

Lewis was previously a campaigns adviser at Brunswick, a corporate advisory firm. He worked in the corporate responsibility practice and advised businesses on how they could play a leading role in solving some of the world's biggest problems. Specialising in education and social policy, he worked with clients such as BT, McKinsey, Royal Mail and Linklaters and was a political adviser to Pfizer during their attempt to take over AstraZeneca. He served as a speechwriter to a number of CEOs and politicians.

In 2007, he helped Margaret McCabe establish Debate Mate and has served as a strategic adviser and board member of the charity ever since. Over the past 10 years, he has taught young people how to debate in over 15 countries including Israel, U.A.E, Qatar, Nigeria. South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Jamaica and the USA. Lewis has served as head coach of the national school debate teams of England, UAE and Hong Kong. 

In 2008, he won the World University Debating Championships, the largest and one of the most prestigious academic university competitions in the world. He is currently the co-coach of the National Schools Debating Team, coaching the team to winning the 2016 World Championships in Germany.

Lewis studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford and served as College President. In 2007, he was elected President of the Oxford University Student Union and led campaigns on fees, rent and widening participation.

Alex Turner, Coordinator

Alex is a recent Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate from the University of Manchester. His dissertation on the conceptualisation of transgender prisoners in public policy won the Valarie Karn Social Policy award. Whilst at university he was involved with a number of charities including volunteering for Henshaw’s Society for Blind People as well as being one of 36 young people nationally to be chosen to take part in the Stonewall Young Leaders Programme. In January 2016, Alex spent time in Iowa, Washington DC and New Hampshire volunteering for the Hillary Clinton campaign. He has also previously been an intern for Lewisham Council’s Mayor and Cabinet Office, helping to implement the support structure for the newly elected Cabinet after the 2014 local elections.