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Public Sector & T ird Sector


Lord Victor Adebowale Chief Executive, Turning Point


Victor runs Turning Point, Britain’s leading social care organisation, which provides services for people with complex needs. It organises projects in 244 locations across England and Wales and deals with about 130,000 people a year. He has pioneered new thinking in how health and social care services are delivered. In recognition of his infl uence he has been appointed to the NHS national quality board. Victor also chairs the infl uential London Youth Crime Prevention Board and is a director of the Leadership in Mind consultancy, whose services are utilised by top fi gures in the private and public sectors. More recently, he was appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board that is responsible for the operations of the NHS in terms of ensuring that the country has GPs, hospitals and adequate services. As a non- executive member, Victor is jointly responsible for commissioning £20bn worth of services and, via the commissioning machinery, another £100bn. In the near future he is hoping to make some documentaries, for example he is a non-executive producer for a fi lm being made on the Bristol bus boycott – a key event in the history of British race relations.


Derrick Anderson CBE


Chief Executive, Lambeth Council


Derrick’s role as Lambeth Council’s chief executive, a position he’s held since March 2006, means he is responsible for managing 8,000 staff members and is in charge of 150 services with a budget of about £1bn. He is credited for having signifi cantly enhanced the reputation of a council that has not always been viewed in the most positive of lights. Derrick previously was chief executive of the City of Wolverhampton for 10 years. He was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to local government. In 2009 he was invited to join an advisory panel that chose the UK’s fi rst City of Culture. Derrick also helped secure the Olympic and Paralympic Games for London as a non-executive director of the 2012 Olympic bid company. He was a local government network UK representative for the South Africa/UK Shoulder to Shoulder Initiative and holds honorary doctorates from Staff ordshire University for work on social inclusion and cultural policy and from Birmingham University. Outside of his role, Derrick has worked with many aid and development organisations in the Caribbean and southern Africa. Asked if he could change one thing about Great Britain, he once said: ‘I’d eradicate racism.’


Carlene Firmin


Principal Policy Advisor, T e Offi ce of the Children’s Commissioner


In early 2011 Carlene became the youngest black woman to be awarded an MBE – at the age of just 27 – for her work improving the lives of girls and women. She is committed to addressing inequality, with an emphasis on policy and discrimination regarding mental health, education, criminal justice, gender and cross-equalities issues, preparing consultation responses and briefi ngs on a range of social policy issues. Aſt er reading philosophy at Cambridge, Carlene joined the Race on the Agenda charity as senior policy offi cer and spent fi ve years spearheading its Female Voice in Violence research programme. Following that, Carlene was appointed assistant director of policy and research at Barnardo’s, where she was responsible for youth justice and child sexual exploitation. In 2010 she founded the Girls Against Gangs project, supporting women aff ected by gang violence to become empowered and act as local advisors on gender and youth violence. She is also the principal policy adviser at the Offi ce of the Children’s Commissioner and head of the Secretariat for the Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups. Carlene is a regular columnist for T e Guardian and sits on various boards and advisory groups.


Cedric Frederick


Chief Executive, Avante Partnership


Cedric has been head of Kent-based Avante, a charitable organisation that is one of south-east England’s largest providers of high-quality social care support, since 2008. Serving more than 4,000 people a year, Avante provides care services that include specialist dementia care and support for old people living in care. Cedric was previously chief executive of Adepta, a charity providing specialist support to adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health. When he leſt Adepta in 2008, aſt er 12 years, its annual turnover had risen from £2m to £26m. T is year he has taken up non-executive roles with CXK, a charity that provides information, advice and guidance for young people and T e Big Society Cooperative, an innovative social enterprise. Cedric, who stands 6ſt 10in tall, has coached basketball and assisted young men to US universities on scholarships. He is a governor at the renowned Canterbury Christ Church University, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Cedric has been immensely supportive of the Powerlist Foundation, giving his time freely for a variety of mentoring projects.


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