Chair: Jane Wood
Jane Wood is the Managing Director of Business in the Community Scotland and Director of External Affairs at Business in the Community. An experienced and high level strategist and communicator, Jane has worked with both national and local governments on developing public/private sector partnerships in the areas of regeneration, community asset management, retail-led regeneration and corporate responsibility.
Jane sits on the Scottish Government’s Early Intervention Task Group and is a member of various advisory groups that include CBI Scotland Council, First Minister’s National Economic Forum, Scotland’s 20:20 Climate Change Delivery Group and Child Poverty Ministerial Advisory Group. She is also on the Scotland Committee of the Institute of Directors. Prior to being Head of Corporate Affairs for Scotland for Alliance Boots, Jane worked as the Scottish Director of one of Europe’s largest public affairs consultancies, and as a marketing director for a major retail and commercial property developer.
Kenneth Amaeshi is the Head of the Strategy Group, a Reader in Strategy & International Business, and the Director of the Sustainable Business Initiative at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Following a career in management consultancy, he has held positions at the Cranfield School of Management and the University of Warwick (Warwick Business School and Warwick Manufacturing Group, respectively).
He was a Chevening Scholar (2002/3), a Scholar of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School (2003/4) and a Visiting Scholar at Said Business School, University of Oxford (2007/8). Besides teaching and researching, Kenneth works with businesses, NGOs and governments. He is a Committee Member of the prestigious Gifford Lectures chaired by the Principal. In addition, he currently leads a University platform on Corporate Responsibility and Governance for continuous interactions with industry players, policy makers, and the general public.
Neil Mathers is Save the Children’s Head of Scotland and leads the charity’s work on tackling child poverty, delivering innovative programmes and campaigning for changes that make a lasting difference to children’s lives, both in Scotland and around the world. Neil joined Save the Children in 2012 and has worked with children’s charities for over twenty years leading efforts at local and national level to tackle the impact of poverty and inequality on children’s lives. Previous experience includes eight years as service manager with Children 1st, as well as roles with community-based youth work organisations and Barnardo’s Scotland.
Neil has served on the boards of several voluntary organisations including Befriending Networks Scotland, and is currently board director of One Parent Families Scotland and chairperson of Children of Songea Trust, a charity he co-founded that has educated and cared for hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania. In 2013, the organisation won Charity of the Year at the African Achievers Awards.
Dr. Jim McCormick
Dr. Jim McCormick is Associate Director for Scotland with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC). He is a member of the advisory board to Business in the Community Scotland and on The Stroke Association’s Scotland Committee. He has advised government, the voluntary sector and independent funders and in 2015 was a member of the Commission on Local Tax Reform, established by the Scottish Government and COSLA to identify a fair alternative to the council tax.
He is co-founder of research partnership McCormick-McDowell, having previously been Director of independent think-tank the Scottish Council Foundation (SCF) and a Research Fellow with the IPPR in London. His main work interests include tackling poverty, the changing jobs market and wellbeing in later life.
Tyrone Jones is the Director of CSR & Engagement at national business law firm DWF. He joined the firm in 2010, having previously worked in the financial services sector. Since joining DWF, Ty has delivered an award winning values led approach to CSR, which continues to focus on visible leadership, people engagement and measurable impact. He also has responsibility for the design and implementation of the firm’s diversity & inclusion agenda.
As a passionate advocate for shaping workplace culture and behaviour to deliver responsible and sustainable growth and profitability, Ty encourages a mind-set that recognises the business benefits of good corporate citizenship. Ty is a member of Business in the Community’s North West Regional Advisory Board and sits on the Department for Work & Pensions Disability Employer Engagement Steering Group.
Richard Mason is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Community at Asda and has managed significant corporate responsibility projects and programmes both in the UK and internationally. A keen interest in how businesses interact with communities and the environment lead to his development of Asda’s market-leading partnership with FareShare to redistribute surplus food to good causes, setting a new industry standard and inspiring other grocery retailers to follow suit.
He also leads Asda’s multi-award-winning Community Life programme, delivered by more than 600 colleagues in Asda stores across the UK, which aims to make the communities around Asda stores better places to live, work and grow up. Most recently Richard has developed an innovative new corporate responsibility strategy for the business centred on social investment and support for social enterprises. Richard is passionate about using the scale of Asda and parent company Walmart to lead a shift in corporate responsibility in the retail sector.
Professor Susan Deacon
Professor Susan Deacon is Assistant Principal External Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Susan’s passion and expertise lies in bringing people and ideas together to achieve practical and sustainable change. Her thirty-year career has spanned leadership roles in the private, public and third sectors, as well as academia and national politics. She has extensive experience of building cross-sectoral partnerships and collaborative leadership and is an adviser to a number of organisations on leadership and strategic change.
Susan is also Chair of the Institute of Directors Scotland. She is a Non-Executive Director of several companies and has served on the Boards of a number of UK and global charitable organisations. A former Member of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government Minister, her earlier career was in local government, management consultancy and higher education.