Our Trustees

Richard Collier-Keywood (Chair)

Richard Collier-Keywood was Global Vice-Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 2012 until February 2017 having previously served as PwC UK Managing Partner since 2008.  In his final role, Richard chaired the Global PwC Network Executive Team and was responsible for everything from strategy through operations.

Since February 2017, Richard has taken on a number of roles including chairing the School for Social Entrepreneurs, chairing Humentum, a global NGO based in Washington DC, chairing New Forest Care, a child care company specialising in looking after some of the most behaviourally challenged children in the UK, Managing Partner of Nala Ventures & Investments LLP and is a senior adviser to DCMS on the Inclusive Economy.

Richard is a barrister and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Charlotte Young

Charlotte has a background in management education and development and worked for many years at the University of Westminster School of Management where she was made Dean. She was head of management development for a major international company and then a founder of YSC, the international corporate psychology practice. Charlotte was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in April 2009. Charlotte stood down as Chair in April 2017 but remains on the Board.
Charlotte is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Bert Leslie

Bert retired from a career in petrochemical and power generation worldwide and became a student on the inaugural programme at the SSE in 1998. During his year at SSE he worked with long term unemployed in Newham, East London, using and developing training strategies that enabled them to gain sustainable employment. Bert is an SSE fellow.

Luljeta Nuzi

Luljeta Nuzi is the founder of the Shpresa Programme. The programme has received a number of awards including the Queen’s Award for Volunteering in 2004, the London Youth Quality Mark Gold Award for excellence for Youth Work provision, the Special Distinction Award from the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education for exceptional all round high quality supplementary school provision, and from the  Forum for Health and Well Being’s Communities the  Health Award for the third year running in 2016 and in October 2016, the Marsh Award for the contribution to the fight against modern slavery for our work with trafficked women and children. Luljeta  received an Honorary Award as Migrant and Refugee Woman of the year in 2012, the David Crystal Award from the Chartered Institute of Linguists in 2014 in recognition of her work with Shpresa Programme fostering the study of community languages,  the Ambassador For Peace from Universal  Peace Federation December 2016 , the UK Foreign Social Entrepreneur  Award from Money Gram in  May 2017 and recently she was awarded the Newham Woman of the Year by Newham Council for supporting Albanian speaking women through the Shpresa Programme.
Luljeta is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Steve Johnson

Steve is chief executive of AdviceUK. He has worked in the private, public and charity sectors and has over 30 years’ experience of charity, social enterprise and community activity at local and national levels. In addition to SSE, he is currently a trustee of several charities and companies including the Access to Justice Foundation, LawWorks, Southern Housing Group, and VCS Insurance Ltd.

John Brown

John became managing director of Virgin Books in 1982. In 1987 he set up the magazine company John Brown Publishing. He is currently chairman of Wild Frontiers Ltd, Pippa Small Limited, Camara (UK) and The Watch House restaurant in Cornwall. He is a non-executive director of Punk Publishing, The Oldie, Capitalise, and Eaglemoss. John is the Board’s representative at the Network Strategic Forum.

Gurnek Bains

Gurnek is the founder and CEO of Global Future and a NED of Intertek Plc. He also has an extensive career as a psychologist and entrepreneur and is the former CEO and Chairman YSC, a global leadership consultancy, which he co-founded in 1990.

Naomi Mwasambili

Naomi is the co-founder and CEO of Chanua Health, a Healthcare Innovation Agency specialising in preventative healthcare products and services. Their first digital health product is an online wellbeing booking website called MyGuvu.com. In 2012 she founded Community Therapies and Training Service (CTTS): a social enterprise, training community and workplace champion focussed on preventing and reducing the impact of mental ill health, specifically on Black, Asian and migrant communities. A fellow of School for Social Entrepreneurs she is passionate about all things social business.

Mike Phillips

Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and former senior audit partner at PwC. Since 2011, Mike has focused on working with entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses in a variety of sectors, in either a mentoring or advisory capacity. Mike has been an SSE mentor since 2011 and continues to work with several SSE fellows.
Mike is the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Joel Davis

Joel Davis is an award-winning social entrepreneur and the founder of Tutors United: a social enterprise that employs university students and provides affordable private tutoring to primary school pupils from low-income and migrant backgrounds. Joel has also been a key advisor in helping UK wide funders develop their offer to engage and support young people in social entrepreneurship.
Joel is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.


Jill Halford

Jill is a co-opted member of the SSE Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; she is not a director of SSE nor does she attend Board meetings. In her day job, Jill is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a director in the PwC Charities Group. She specialises in charity audit and advisory work, working with some of the UK’s top charities. Jill is the treasurer of ACEVO and Seacology.