New business leaders join the IEP and pledge their support to build a more inclusive society, together. 

The Inclusive Economy Partnership was conceived by the Cabinet Office and DCMS in 2017 to find innovative ways to solve the most pressing social and economic problems facing the UK, starting with mental health, transition to work for young people and financial inclusion & capability. 

By bringing government, business and civil society together, the IEP has created a new way of working to amplify, scale and innovate on-the-ground solutions to some of the UK’s most entrenched challenges. 

In just over a year, we have launched four innovative cross-sector projects, supported 18 social innovators to scale, formed over 100 new partnerships, generated an estimated £1.2m in saving and in-kind support for social innovators and – most importantly – we have given 50,000 more citizens access to fairer services. 

We are delighted that three new entrepreneurial leaders have agreed to join the IEP Advisory Board: 

  • Mark Barnett, UK, Ireland, Nordics & Baltics President of Mastercard
  • Deb Oxley OBE, CEO of the Employee Ownership Association
  • Immy Kaur, Co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham

They will join our other Champions – including the CEOs of Unilever, Nationwide, The Co-op Group, Fair4AllFinance, UnLtd and the National Lottery Community Fund – to support the strategic direction and ambition of the IEP whilst contributing their own organisations’ resources to deliver transformative action in communities. 

We are very excited at what these new business leaders will bring to the Partnership. Their personal energy, values-led leadership and shared determination – combined with the weight and reach of their organisations – will add real value to our ambition to make our citizens feel more included in society.

The IEP Advisory Board is Co-chaired by the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Simon Hart MP, the Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office and championed by Baroness Barran, the Minister for Civil Society. 

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Co-chair of the Inclusive Economy Partnership said: “We are committed to harnessing the power of business to help change people’s lives for the better. By bringing together Government, business and civil society, the Inclusive Economy Partnership is better able to tackle pressing issues such as delivering affordable credit and helping young people into work. 

I am delighted that Mark, Deb and Immy have agreed to join the IEP Advisory Board. With their collective experience, backed by their respective organisations’ resources, we can take the IEP’s work to the next level in acting as an important force for good.” 

Simon Hart, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office and Co-chair of the Inclusive Economy Partnership said: “The IEP is a great opportunity to innovate for social good and I am thrilled to see more forward-thinking organisations join the Partnership. In a time when ‘profit with purpose’ is often discussed; it is great to see organisations walking the talk through IEP. Mark, Deb and Immy all bring diversity of thought to our Board and will help us deliver more transformative action for our citizens.”


The full IEP Champions Board is below:


  • Co-chair: Sacha Romanovitch, CEO, Fair 4 All Finance
  • Co-chair: Mark Norbury, CEO, UnLtd
  • Olly Benzecry, CEO, Accenture UK
  • Dawn Austwick, CEO, National Lottery Community Fund
  • John Pettigrew, CEO, National Grid
  • Joe Garner, CEO, Nationwide
  • Sebastian Munden, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Unilever UK and Ireland 
  • Steve Murrells, CEO The Co-op
  • Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE
  • Caroline Mason, CEO, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Deb Oxley, CEO, Employee Ownership Association
  • Immy Kaur, Co-founder, Impact Hub Birmingham
  • Mark Barnett, President, Mastercard UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics

Ministerial Champions:

  • Co-chair: Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State, DCMS
  • Co-chair: Simon Hart MP, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office
  • Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society, DCMS