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 Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities — concentrating on responsible business practice and the Place Strategy to improve disadvantaged communities — 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. She also serves on the Board of Teach for All, the international partnership with Teach for America that seeks to spread the experience and mission to other interested social entrepreneurs across the world. 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 be the age of 11 so that by 2025 all children in the UK will start secondary school as confident readers.
Following her 2012 government review on increasing young people’s engagement in social action Julia co-founded the Campaign for Youth Social Action, now known as Step Up To Serve, which was convened by HRH The Prince of Wales and launched with the support of three party leaders in November 2013. She is now a trustee of Step Up To Serve, which by 2020 aims to get 60 percent of young people involved in practical action in the service of others. Julia is also a board member of National Citizen Service.
She chairs the advisory board of the Newnham College Campaign and is an external adviser to Carillion’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.