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 former Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities, concentrating on responsible business practice, 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. 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 by the age of 11.
Julia is a co-founder and trustee of Step Up To Serve, which aims to get 60 percent of young people involved in practical action in the service of others by 2020 and is also a board member of National Citizen Service, Teach for All, The Careers and Enterprise Company and the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.