We are delighted to welcome the following as members of the SWIM Strategic Advisory Board.
CEO Greenleaf Trust
Dez is the CEO of Greenleaf Trust and the Founder and Director of Spark2Life, he is a qualified Person Centred Therapist, an Ordained Minister and has served as a Prison Chaplain. He is a gifted communicator and regularly delivers training and bespoke sessions at conferences, events, online webinars and in prisons in the UK.
Dez has diverse experiences of working with young and vulnerable people in both the formal and informal sector, he developed and led a large dynamic Youth Ministry in East London for thirteen years and gained experience developing teams and leaders that have gone on to become Community Communicators. In more recent years, Dez has worked as a sessional Chaplain in HMP ISIS and has consistently volunteered at HMP Pentonville as a counsellor. During his training as a therapist, Dez wrote an AQA accredited mentoring course that seeks to address desistance for people in contact with the Criminal Justice System with a specialist lens for those from the BAME community.
Director and Bids & Proposals Specialist, RTQF-ATQF
Marjorie is a founding director of two successful businesses since 2003. The first was a bookkeeping company based in Hampshire that provided daily and monthly accounts services. The second, RTFQ-ATFQ Limited, specialises in producing proposals for new business and applications for grant funding. The methodical, analytical approach she takes to multi-million pound bid projects has also helped business start-ups win contracts to grow their bottom line. SWIM will benefit from her measured, reflective view on the opportunities and risks that SWIM faces during its rapid growth phase in the coming months.
SVP Global Client Services, JS Held LLC
Based in London, Lenny has been responsible for serving insurance clients in the UK, USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia. He has a 40-year history of Management experience based around the Financial Centre in London where he has led teams involved in large scale loss-making events i.e., fire, flood, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes.
This experience includes presenting claims services working for leading insurance companies, their representative loss adjusters/ solicitors relating to property loss, construction defect, and general liability claims.
Registered Compliance Officer, SG Kleinwort Hambros Trust Company (CI) Limited
Sabrina is a qualified governance, risk and compliance professional specialising in regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering and the combatting of terrorist financing within financial services. Sabrina holds the regulated Compliance Officer position for a number of licensed entities and is a permanent invitee to the Boards and Management Committees.
Sabrina is on a number of employee diversity, equality and inclusion networks. She sits on the Executive Committee for her employer’s BAME Network and is Co-chair of the network’s Community Pillar. She is also very active in the organisation’s corporate social responsibility initiatives which are aimed at increasing inclusion through education and employability; and making the banking sector more accessible to individuals who are typically under-represented in financial services – primarily people with Black Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage, women, and those from low-socio economic backgrounds.
In her spare time, Sabrina is a community volunteer mentor for Higher Education Students and Third Sector Leaders. She also administers a Facebook group for over 6,000 Black and Mixed Race women; moderates a diverse Facebook group for parents raising race conscious children; has launched ‘Black Girls Can’ which aims to encourage Black women and girls to believe in themselves.
Sabrina is also Vice-Chair and a founding Service User Representative for her local Maternity Voices Partnership and a volunteer for AIMS. She is currently an Expert Panel Member on Birthrights’ national Inquiry into racial injustice in maternity care.