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Barry Sheerman MP

Barry Sheerman MP

Chairman and Co-Founder

Barry Sheerman MP is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield, and chairman and co-founder of Policy Connect.

Formerly Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 and the Education and Skills Committee from 2001-2007, he is co-chair or member of several of the groups within the Policy Connect network, including the APSRG, APMG, APDIG and Skills Commission.

An energetic social and political entrepreneur having initiated over 30 different social enterprises over the past 20 years, he is Chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, Urban Mines (an environmental charity), The John Clare Trust and The Dominic Rogers Trust, all of which he helped to establish. He is also a Visiting Professor of Social Enterprise at the University of Huddersfield.

Chris White

Chris White

Policy Connect Vice Chair

Chris White is the former Conservative Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington.

He served as co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty and Honourary Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise.

His private members bill led to the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which requires local authorities and other public bodies to consider social impact when procuring services. In January 2013, he was appointed by the Government to act as the UK's first ever social value ambassador, tasked with overseeing and encouraging improvements in the social, environmental and economic impact of public services contracts.

Lord Robin Teverson

Lord Teverson

Policy Connect Board member

Lord Robin Teverson is one of our newest Policy Connect Board members. Having been elected as a Member of the European Parliament for Cornwall and West Plymouth in 1994, he resided as Chief Whip of the European Liberal Democrats from 1997-1999. After this Robin was a Cornwall Councillor.

In 2006, Robin was elected as a life Peer. He has since been working on topics including renewable energy and utilities, climate change, economic affairs and the European Union subcommittee, as well as our sustainability policy activities here at Policy Connect.

Robin joined the Policy Connect Board in May 2016.

Photo courtesy of the Liberal Democrats.

Lynn Tomkins

Policy Connect Board member

Lynn is Chair of Skills4, the UK's leading provider of the accredited Career Advancement and Progression programme for women as well as other specialist programmes which deliver measurable business improvements for high performing companies by addressing gender and diversity balance within business. She is also one of Skills4's leading executive coaches and trainer. 

Lynn works with companies such as Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Atkins and Bombardier, delivering training and coaching to senior executives. Lynn is a Board member of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), of Policy Connect, and Hexham Race Course, she is also the Vice Chair of Northumberland College. Lynn was the first ever woman Vice President of the Ship Building, Ship Repair Association. 


Phil Kirby, OBE

Policy Connect Board member

Phil has a background in construction and property management, with project management and budgeting. Before joining the board at Policy Connect, he was Managing Director of National Grid Property. This specialised in the clean up, regeneration and sale of ex-gas and electrical industrial sites; plus the design and construction of new offices and more. He has also worked with British Gas. 

Phil was also a part of the Lord Rogers led Urban Task force and also chaired working groups with the Government in the early 1990's to help formulate the contaminated land legislation that we have today.

Phil is now a trustee of the The Architectural Heritage Fund and was awarded an OBE in 2000 for his contribution to raising standards of brownfield regeneration.

Jocelyn Bailey

Policy Connect Board member

Jocelyn is a senior consultant at Uscreates, a communication and service design agency focusing on health and wellbeing, where she works with a range of clients across the public and third sector.

Previous to Uscreates, Jocelyn was a consultant for BOP Consulting, a research company specialising in strategic support for the creative and cultural sector, and previous to that led the manufacturing, design and innovation team at Policy Connect. In five years there she built up a body of work and an agenda around design policy – those areas of mutual interest to design and politics – and revived its discussion in Parliament. 

Alongside other roles she has worked in collaboration with academics to raise the discussion and critique of social design, with a series of 'Social Design Talks'. Following this in 2014 she was a Visiting Scholar at the V&A, working on a project for the AHRC, mapping social design research and practice. She is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Brighton, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, looking at the growing trend of design being used as a strategic and policy tool by governments. 

She originally trained as an architect at Cambridge, and has an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck College (University of London). She is a fellow of the RSA and a judge for the RSA Student Design Awards.


Peter Jones , OBE

Policy Connect Board member

Peter Jones is a Board Member at Policy Connect, advising on the organisation's work across the sustainability agenda, most notably in sustainable resource and recycling policy.

Peter was until May 2008 a Director of Biffa Waste Services Limited and now operates as a freelance advisor to numerous organisations working across the waste, carbon and materials efficiency agenda.  Peter retired as Chair of the DEFRA/DTI Resource Efficiency KTN in Summer 2009 but continues as a Board member of the reformed Resource Efficiency KTN.  In 2003 he became a member of the DEFRA New Technologies Demonstrator Programme, 

He has been appointed Chair of a specialist group looking at a Zero Waste economy for Advantage West Midlands, as well as acting as member of the Zero Waste Scotland Think-tank and the Mayor of London’s Special Advisor on waste. Additionally he is a strategic advisor for a variety of UK Blue Chips examining the issues around Distributed Energy and the impact of low carbon policies. 

A member of the Chartered Institutes of Marketing, Transport, and Wastes Management, he qualified as an Industrial Economist and in July 2007 received an Honorary Degree from the University of Southampton as a Doctor of the University for work associated with Environmental technologies. He has given evidence to a range of Parliamentary Select Committees over the years on waste, sustainability and resource efficiency. 

Clare Minchington

Policy Connect Board member

Clare Minchington has worked at the interface of professional and higher education for over 20 years. Until March 2015 she was the Executive Director for Strategy and Development at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) responsible for ACCA's intellectual capital, from the overall strategy to talent, brand, policy and qualifications. She currently works as a strategic consultant for professional bodies and universities. 

A qualified accountant, having trained with PwC (formerly Price Waterhouse), prior to joining ACCA in 2000 she was Chair of the MBA Financial Strategy course at the Open University Business School.

Clare has held a number of national and international appointments in the field of professional and higher education including board membership of IFAC’s International Accounting Education Standards Board, the CISI Examination Board, the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance, and Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Oxford Brookes University Business School.

She is a trustee and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for the Terrence Higgins Trust and a director of Policy Connect, a leading not-for-profit network of Parliamentary groups and research commissions.

Duncan Eaton

Policy Connect Board member

Duncan Eaton is a Board Member at Policy Connect, where he acts as Executive Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group.

He is Chairman, Kimal Holdings PLC and is a non-executive director and advisor to several healthcare and public sector related companies and organisations. He is also an advisor to the Health Care Supply Association. Duncan had a 40 year career in NHS and civil service management, including establishing and acting as Chief Executive of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency from 2000 to 2006 - responsible for providing national level purchasing and strategic procurement direction to the NHS in England.

From 1992 to 2000 he was Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Health Authority and is a past president of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Healthcare Supply Association. He holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Bath.