Professor Nick Hardwick, Rushanara Ali MP and news presenter Jon Snow have been announced as guest speakers for a new event series in Autumn from Clore Social Leadership. Leaders Now is a series of breakfast meetings aimed at the social sector and is run in partnership with The House of St Barnabas; the Soho based charity, whose not-for-profit members’ club is run as a social enterprise to help London’s homelessness back into lasting work. These influential public figures will share insights into their leadership journeys, and guests will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and question and answer sessions in an intimate setting.
The free breakfast meetings will be a networking space for those interested in, or working for the social sector. Through the partnership with The House of St Barnabas the events will bring together current and aspiring leaders to encourage new thinking and collaboration about social and ethical leadership.
Rushanara Ali has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow since May 2010. She was one of the first three Muslim women, and the first person of British Bangladeshi heritage to be elected to the House of Commons.
Rushanara has served on the Labour front bench as both Shadow Minister for International Development and Shadow Minister for Education. She was a member of the Treasury Select Committee until May 2015 and currently serves on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.
Before entering politics, Rushanara was Associate Director of the Young Foundation, where she co-founded UpRising, Maslaha, and the Social Innovation Exchange. Rushanara has previously worked at the Home Office, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research and as Parliamentary Assistant for Oona King, former MP for Bethnal Green & Bow. Rushanara also worked as Research Assistant to Lord Young of Dartington helping him to set up the charity, Futureversity (formerly known as Tower Hamlets Summer University) and Language Line, a national telephone interpreting company.