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    Book your place at our future events, and contact our Chair if you are interested in speaking or suggesting a speaker.

    Helen Stephenson, CEO of the Charity Commission, and speaker at Groundbreakers

    Sarah Brown

    Chair of Theirworld, and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education.


    Monday 11 March 2024

    16:15 – 17:45

    In-person event, at Bates Wells in London.


    Sarah Brown is Chair of the global children’s charity Theirworld, and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education.


    Since she founded Theirworld in 2002, its campaigns, advocacy and ground-breaking programmes have been rooted in the belief that every child deserves the best start in life, a safe place to learn and gain skills for the future.


    As Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education, Sarah steers an alliance of more than 100 companies determined to support the expansion of quality education.

    After a successful early career as managing director of an independent communications company, in 2004 Sarah established the Jennifer Brown Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh, which carries out vital, life-saving research into the causes of premature birth.


    Email our Chair Susan Daniels to book your place ASAP.

    This event is in-person, and kindly hosted by our sponsors Bates Wells, at 10 Queen Street, London EC4R 1BE

    Helen Stephenson, CEO of the Charity Commission, and speaker at Groundbreakers

    Day in the Life of a Co-CEO

    Come and hear from our panel consisting of the speakers below talking about their experiences as one of two Co-CEOs leading a charity in the UK.


    Thursday 16 May 2024

    16:30 - 18:00

    Online event


    Areeba Hamid, Co-CEO, Greenpeace UK:

    Areeba is co-CEO of Greenpeace UK with Will McCallum. Areeba worked at senior levels in Greenpeace offices around the world from 2006-2020, campaigning on issues like marine conservation, coal expansion in India, rainforest destruction in Indonesia, and tar sands in Canada and North America. Areeba re-joined Greenpeace from The Sunrise Project, where she led their global finance program. She was a board member of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants for four years. Born in India, she is the first woman and first person of colour to lead Greenpeace in the UK.


    Alex Kent, Co-CEO, Restless Development: Alex is the Co-CEO of Restless Development. She is a feminist leader, committed to power shifting and over 20 years experience working on social justice issues and campaigns. She is an advocate of Youth Power as one of the best ways to achieve a more just and sustainable world. Alex has worked for WaterAid, Save the Children, Comic Relief, the Global Campaign for Education, and led the 1GOAL: Education for All, in South Africa. She also has a Geography Degree and Masters in Education and International Development. She now lives in North London with her wife and 5-year-old twins.


    Sheridan Ash MBE, Co-CEO, Tech She Can:

    I am the founder and co-CEO of the charity, Tech She Can, an industry-led tech education and careers charity that creates initiatives and pathways to increase the number of women in technology. It has over 250 member organisations spanning more than 40 sectors across all regions of the UK.My background is working with boards and senior executives in multiple sectors, formulating and leading technology- and innovation-driven strategy and transformation programmes, including digital transformation. I previously worked at Accenture and led Technology and Innovation at PwC.

    I was named by Computer Weekly as the third most influential women in UK Technology in 2023 and as one of the 30 most influential women in Cyber in 2021. In 2023 I was recognised by Forward Ladies as Business Women of the Year and Social Impact Leader of the Year. In 2020 I was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to young girls and women through technology.