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Our Patrons

The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett

David Blunkett was elected as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside in 1987 following eighteen years in local government as both a member of Sheffield City Council and Leader of the Council. Stepping down as an MP at the May 2015 General Election, in August 2015 he was awarded a peerage in the dissolution honours lists. He was created Baron Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield on 28 September 2015.

His many roles in Parliament have included Secretary of State for Education and Employment where he led on the implementation of the New Deal, saw unemployment fall to below 1 million and was committed to increasing equality through responsibility for the Equal Opportunities Commission and the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission.

Since 2006 David has undertaken a series of major pieces of work on topics including social mobility. He was made a member of the specially convened Speaker’s Conference in 2008 which made a wide range of recommendations aimed at rectifying the disparity between the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons, and their representation in the UK population at large.

"I want to personally thank the team at enei and all our Members for their hard work in driving forward Diversity & Inclusion in their workplaces. We look forward to working with Members on the challenges ahead."

The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett

Baroness McGregor-Smith

Baroness McGregor-Smith was appointed a life peer by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, and was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to business and diversity. As chief executive of Mitie Group from 2007 to 2016 she was the first Asian female chief executive of a FTSE 250 business and is a former chair of the Women’s Business Council.

Baroness McGregor-Smith is currently a non-executive board member at the Department for Education. This year she published a hard-hitting independent review, commissioned by former business secretary Sajid Javid, into the barriers affecting black and minority ethnic groups in the workplace, which found that by failing to utilise BME talent, the UK economy was missing out on £24 billion.