Dame Julia Cleverdon is now a Vice President of Business in the
Community, a unique movement of 800 companies across the UK
committed to continually improving their positive impact on
society. Julia was Chief Executive of Business in the Community for
16 years, from 1 April 1992 - 1 March 2008. During that period, and
under her leadership, the organisation grew and expanded from 40
staff and £2Million turnover to 400 staff and £24Million
Julia has established a formidable reputation as a renowned leader
and speaker on corporate responsibility and has personally been
responsible for introducing new thinking and action at the most
senior level of organisations both in the UK and overseas.
Her energy in promoting responsible business practice and the
significant impact of the campaigns of Business in the Community
led to her being listed by The Times as one of the 50 most
influential women in Britain. She was appointed CBE in 1996 and CVO
in the New Year's Honours' list 2002 and a DCVO in the Queen's
Honours list in 2008.
Under Julia's leadership the collective activities of Business in
the Community have greatly expanded to impact across local
communities, support positive environmental activity, promote
diversity and best practice in the workplace and encourage ethical
operations in the wider marketplace.
Julia has also recently been appointed by HRH, The Prince of Wales,
as a Special Adviser to The Prince's Charities with particular
emphasis on the importance of the role of responsible
In addition, she has recently been invited to join the National
Council for Educational Excellence to lead a review for the Prime
Minister on how education-business partnerships can contribute to
educational excellence and is a member of the Prime Minister's
Talent and Enterprise Taskforce Advisory Group.
In her voluntary roles, Julia serves as Chair of Teach First, whose
mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming
exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and
leaders in all fields..
Prior to her work at Business in the Community, Julia started her
working career in industrial relations for British Leyland before
moving on to The Industrial Society. Julia served as Director of
The Industrial Society's Education and Inner City Division from
1981 - 1988, during which time The Industrial Society became the
leading provider of management training for education and voluntary
Julia is a Governor of Henley Management College and is a patron of
both the Helena Kennedy Bursary Scheme and Volunteer Reading Help
and an Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund. Julia has a
Cambridge degree and also has honorary degrees from the University
of Warwick and Harper Adams University.
Julia was married to the late John Garnett, director of the
Industrial Society, and has two daughters.