Investor day speakers

Steve Chalke MBE, Stop the Traffik

Steve is an author, speaker, TV and radio presenter, businessman, social entrepreneur, husband and father. He began public life as a Baptist Minister having been ordained in 1981. In 1985 he founded the Oasis Charitable Trust with a vision to build inclusive communities, where everyone has hope, feels that they matter and is given the opportunity to achieve their potential. Oasis pioneers life-transforming housing, healthcare, education, church, youth and community initiatives around the UK and across the world.

 Some key developments to date, that Steve has initiated and is still very much involved with, are:

  • Stop The Traffik, a global coalition working in nearly 100 countries and with tens of thousands of activists around the world. It campaigns to end people trafficking through preventing the sale of people, prosecuting the traffickers and protecting the victims. Steve is a UN GIFT Special Advisor for Community Action against Human Trafficking.

  • Oasis Community Learning, has opened 28 primary, 17 secondary and two all-through schools around the UK and is committed not only to education but also to holistic community regeneration.

  • Oasis College of Higher Education, in partnership with Staffordshire University, is committed to equipping and resourcing students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to improve the quality of life for children, young people, families and their communities.

  • Oasis Church, Waterloo, in Central London was the first of a new network of UK churches including those in Bristol, Croydon, Enfield, Grimsby, Salford and Southampton. People’s Parliament, which creates a place of debate, discussion, interaction and partnership for voluntary organisations with the aim of building more effective relationships between government and the third sector. People’s Parliament particularly focuses on the role of the Church and other faith groups in public life, service delivery and social justice.

Matt Crossman, Rathbone Greenbank Investments

Matt is an expert in socially responsible investment and corporate social responsibility with ten years’ industry experience. He specialises in the analysis of key environmental, social and governance themes as they apply to a wide variety of industries. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol where he studied law, with a particular interest in the administration of environmental law, and also has post-graduate qualifications in sustainable development theory and practice.

He leads Rathbone Greenbank’s corporate engagement programme and is responsible for the effective execution of engagement campaigns with global corporations and policymakers. In addition to managing voting activities at company AGMs, he has been involved in major collaborative engagement campaigns with the extractives industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the global apparel industry. He was company secretary and board member at the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility between 2007 and 2012 and is currently trustee of LoveBristol, an urban regeneration and social enterprise charity.

Miriam Minty, deputy head of Modern Slavery Unit, Home Office

Miriam joined the Modern Slavery Unit (MSU) at the start of May this year. Prior to joining the MSU, Miriam was the Head of Evaluation and Finance in the Troubled Families Team at the Department for Communities and Local Government, which she joined in November 2011.  One of her main responsibilities was to develop and manage the high profile programme of evaluation to understand the impact on families of the programme and its cost effectiveness.

For the eighteen months prior to joining the Troubled Families Team, Miriam was a member of the Office of the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses based within the Ministry of Justice, developing policy for victims of crime with a particular focus on the support needs of those bereaved by murder, manslaughter and culpable road death.

Between 2008 and 2010 Miriam led the events and stakeholder engagement programme for the Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Group at the Home Office, working on the ‘Justice Seen Justice Done’ Campaign.

Previously, she was the Head of Communications for Respect Taskforce and an Assistant Director in the Home Office Anti-Social Behaviour Unit leading on developing and implementing a programme of training and awareness raising with local authorities and police to improve the use and uptake of tools and powers to reduce crime and anti social behaviour and improve public confidence in local services.

Prior to joining national government, Miriam worked for the Government Office of the South West heading up the Crime Reduction Team which she joined in 2002, following 13 years in local government working in community safety and community development.

Louise Nicholls, Marks & Spencer Plc

Louise is head of responsible sourcing, packaging and Plan A with responsibility for setting the strategic direction of Marks & Spencer’s food sustainability plan. Her team works closely with buying teams on a day-to-day basis on issues as diverse as ethical trade, water stewardship, global community programmes, lean manufacturing and sustainable raw material procurement.

Louise is a board member of Sedex (the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) and a key part of her role is interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and suppliers.

Louise has travelled in the last 12 months to Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, America, China, Vietnam and Europe meeting with over 1,000 suppliers and local stakeholders to understand their issues and perspectives.