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We may still be small, but we're making a big impact thanks to the belief and commitment of our people and partners. Find out more about them below.
Our Founding Trustees
- Jude Kelly CBE, Founder of the Women of the World Foundation and previously Artistic Director at Southbank Centre for 12 years
- Richard Collier-Keywood, ex-Global Vice Chairman at PwC and Chair of School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)
After contributing to Jagriti Yatra separately our Co-Founders Jude Kelly and Richard Collier-Keywood met and became passionate about replicating the project back in the UK. A dynamic and somewhat unlikely duo, they spent two years discussing the idea before pulling together a team of individuals and organisations dedicated to making the project a reality - and here we are!
Jude and Richard’s contrasting backgrounds in the arts and business, and their shared passion for social enterprise means that cross-sector collaboration has emerged as a core principle of Drivers for Change. We strongly believe that responsible leadership must be present in all sectors for lasting change to be achieved, so we aim to equally champion the roles of responsible business, arts and social enterprise in changing society.
Once we committed to running our first journey we added 3 more trustees to our board:
- Claire Dove OBE, CEO of Blackburne House Group and Social Enterprise Ambassador
- David Adair, Head of Community Affairs at PwC
- Laura Collier-Keywood, Drivers for Change Treasurer
During the delivery of the journey, we had a team of five staff and ten volunteers. We currently have a skeleton team of Gemma, Leonie and Yoko working hard to make sure the Drivers for Change journey happens again in the future.
Yoko has 20 years experience in media and advertising and was Client Sales Director at JCDecaux. Yoko has been a trustee for an addiction charity and a mentor for young entrepreneurs.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." - African proverb.
The inspiration behind our learning journey is Jagriti Yatra, the world's biggest enterprise journey. Now approaching its 11th year, Jagritri Yatra has taken over 3,000 young people on a 14-day tour of India and has been the catalyst for a number of innovative social action projects.
PwC are our main corporate partner. Their support is multi-faceted and includes access to professional volunteers, development opportunities for our young network and funding. PwC are also connected to Jagriti Yatra, the enterprise journey in India that we were initially inspired by.
We're partnering with the British Council’s DICE (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies) programme which is running in Egypt, Brazil, Pakistan, Indonesia and South Africa. The DICE programme draws on the UK’s experience and expertise in creative and social economies to promote and support the progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. 18 international participants joined our first journey thanks to this partnership.
Our partnership with Akou Studios provides us with access to their unique tech platform which enables us to map and attribute value to the connections developed through Drivers for Change. They also joined us throughout the journey volunteering to help with facilitation, photography and digital story-telling.
Southbank Centre were involved when Drivers for Change was initially being developed as a concept. As part of our 2018 journey, we spent the afternoon and evening at Southbank Centre where we hosted an open mic event and learnt about how the centre's launch contributed to the regeneration of the area.
Advisory board members