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Let’s Build Tis School I


THEMOTTO THAT GUIDES THE POWERLIST FOUNDATION


IS ‘SHARING SUCCESS WITH TOMORROW’S LEADERS’


f you are on this year’s Powerlist or have been on any of the five previous ones, I’d like to offer you an opportunity. An opportunity to do something good – very


good. An opportunity to make a difference to the lives of countless numbers of young people. An opportunity to be a part of the legacy of this publication. Te Powerlist Foundation, the charity that


was born three years ago at a dinner with our then sponsors, JP Morgan is about to do something very special. We have made the decision to build a Free


School, but not a conventional one. Firstly, it will be an A-level college which is different because most Free Schools focus on primary and secondary education up to GCSE level. Secondly, it will have a strong focus on leadership - teaching the young people who attend it what it really takes to be a leader and how to become one. It will be situated in inner London and to


clarify, its intake won’t be restricted students from an African or African Caribbean background. It will be open to any young person who is able to gain admission. However, because of where it will be located,


there will undoubtedly be a healthy number of black pupils. We are quite far down the road with this


plan. We have formed an education committee, which is led by Phil Walker, a trustee and former chief operating officer of Cap Gemini. Most of the preliminaries have now been completed. Now we have to raise some money. So far, the Powerlist Foundation has raised


around £100,000, largely from its trustees. Tis has kept the charity running, paid for the summer leadership school we did last year and taken care of the costs of the school so far. However, to move forward we are now


tasked with raising £360,000. And that’s where the opportunity that I’m offering you comes in. Te truth is we could probably raise the


money by going to a number of large companies and asking them to chip in from their corporate and social responsibility budgets. Te trustees are all very well connected in this arena and could, I’m sure, persuade them to fund this. Tis idea was in fact mooted at one of our


board meetings, but we decided against it. Te motto that guides the Powerlist


Foundation is ‘sharing success with tomorrow’s leaders’. By definition, everyone on the list is successful and what better way, we reasoned, to share that success than by giving a wonderful turbocharge to the leaders of tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be powerful, we thought, if the


school was built entirely through funds raised by the men and women who have been on the Powerlist over the years. Tat’s real leadership. People helping people. So that’s what we are aiming to do and this


is how it is going to work. Over the next few weeks pretty much everyone who has been on the list at some stage over the past six years of its existence will receive a ‘knock on the door’. Tis will come either in the form of a request


from the Foundation chair, Ken Olisa, for a meeting or an email simply asking for your thoughts on making a donation. Of course, there will be a lot more


information available as to where your money will be going, but the fact is, this is an opportunity to get involved with something quite special and it’s one that I sincerely hope everyone we approach will avail themselves of.


T


hose of you who are familiar with this publication will probably notice that we have changed it up a little this year


design and content wise. We are always striving to improve things at Powerful Media and in my very unbiased opinion, this is probably our best Powerlist to date. I’m particularly pleased with our European list (pages 78 – 85), which gives a real insight into where the UK is in terms of black advancement vis-a-vis the Continent. Te fact is, we are a long way ahead. And I really enjoyed our 10 greatest speeches piece on pages 102 to 111. Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity


to thank our new joint lead sponsor, Lloyds Banking Group, for their support and our long-term partners Tomson Reuters, who stepped up from the media sponsor role they’ve occupied for the past four years to join Lloyds. Without you, we couldn’t do this, so thank you.


Michael Eboda Publisher


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