DRM continues to grow as an organisation: increasing its geographic reach and expanding its delivery methods to touch more students and other stakeholders through a variety of programmes. The Board of Directors are excited by the many projects being developed and being delivered.

As DRM grows, we are also enlarging and diversifying our Board of Directors to ensure we have the skillsets needed to support our staff and volunteers, and provide proactive guidance on new initiatives, opportunities, and situations.

The Board of Directors has recently appointed seven new Directors, including a new Chair and new Secretary, who will all formally take their positions at the end of June 2022.​​​​​

 

We believe diversity of backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives is essential for better decision-making, effective risk management, and efficient oversight.

This year's cohort of new Directors—the largest ever for DRM—demonstrates our commitment to this belief.

 

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Amanda Whiteside, Chair

Amanda leads WW Customer Optimization & Enablement for Amazon Web Services (AWS) leading a large global organization across EMEA, The Americas, and Emerging markets with the primary objective to improve the experience of Cloud services customers. With +15 years' experience leading business critical initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, she specializes in driving growth at scale, organisational effectiveness, and operational efficiency through agile principles; often working across highly matrixed cross-functional teams.

Outside of her core role, Amanda participates in several global CX committees helping to shape the future of Customer experience and in 2021 was shortlisted as 'CX finalist of the year'. 

In her personal time, Amanda is a frequent PADI advanced open water diver, hiking enthusiast, and avid potter.

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Steve Sutton, Secretary

Steve is a Business Process Management Consultant Lead at bp where he been for the last nine years and works with all parts of the organisation from Production & Operations, Trading & Shipping, People & Culture to Finance driving process excellence, standardisation, simplification, and digitalisation across bp’s processes. 

He is co-chair of bp pride UK, who were shortlist for both British Diversity Awards 2022 and British LGBT Awards 2022 and was named 46th in Stonewall’s top 100 employers as well as receiving gold classification in 2022 under his leadership. He is also an Involve diversity mentor. 

In his spare time Steve is a gymnastics coach for children aged 5 to 18 and National Recreational Gymnastics Tutor. He is the proud parent of three children and two step-children and lives in West Sussex with his husband.

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Costas Kyriacou

Costas is Associate Director for Strategy at Ambition Institute, a charity that provides professional development to schools and educators to tackle educational inequality.

Costas began his career as a maths teacher at a secondary school in London. He moved into management consulting after teaching, where he delivered strategy and operational projects for public sector organisations, including the Cabinet Office and NHS England. He later led strategy development at Teach First, a charity focused on building a fair education for all through developing the next generation of teachers and leaders.

He has volunteered as a role model with Diversity Role Models in the past and he is excited to support the organisation to fulfil its mission.

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Daniela Karmios

Daniela has worked for Ark Schools for several years in numerous roles and is currently the Principal at Ark Priory Primary Academy in West London. She is driven by the belief that everyone involved in a child’s education plays a role in supporting them to reach their full potential and beyond, and to become well-rounded and conscientious world citizens that offer a positive contribution to society.

She has significant experience of leading safeguarding and inclusion in schools and has developed expertise in this area over the years. As part of her current role, she is an Ark Network ‘Safeguarding Champion’ in which she supports other schools with safeguarding and best practice, and she also is the primary lead for the working party created to provide further provision to schools to fully support LGBT+ pupils. ​​​​​​​

Daniela strongly believes it is our collective responsibility to young people to develop an education system that teaches acceptance and understanding towards all; if we can get to a place in education where every single young person feels valued and supported, whoever they are, then there are no limitations to the successes that they will achieve.

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Hans Svennevig

Hans has been involved in various roles in Citizenship education since 2003, including teaching and leading departments in secondary schools and colleges. Hans leads Citizenship secondary teacher education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society.

He actively participates in a number of charitable roles and has been engaged with Diversity Role Models since its founding, in 2018 joining the Education Steering Group.

As an advocate of embracing diversity and valuing differences, he believes that doing this through education is the key to a healthy democracy.

Hans is a keen explorer, whether that be through walking, travelling, or trying new food.

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Jay Ersapah

Jay is a CFA Charterholder and the Head of Financial Risk and Model Risk Management at Silicon Valley Bank. She has had a diverse career across multiple risk and finance disciplines, in investment, commercial banking, and consultancy for global organisations such as Deloitte, Citigroup, and Barclays. She has helped establish and is the lead for the LGBTQ+ network at Silicon Valley Bank; where she works closely with Stonewall to create and promote a culture where all can bring their authentic selves to work.

At the intersection of a variety of minority groups, Jay joins Diversity Role Model with the aim of merging her passions about education and the LGBT+ community. She has been an active mentor for a variety of non-for-profit organisations in the education sector aimed at students from less-advantaged backgrounds (e.g. Migrant Leaders, Upreach, and Urban Synergy).

“You can’t be what you can’t see” is a motto that has always resonated with her, and she is keen to support DRM in leveraging the power of storytelling to ensure that children are supported in their journeys to adulthood, with support and understanding.

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Louise Trethewey

Louise has over 16 years of experience working across branding, marketing, program management, and business operations across Europe and APAC. She has launched new products in her time at Apple, started an agency from the ground up, and drove global programmes at scale through strategic planning and execution.

Louise currently works at Google leading delivery and operations across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She drives a global diversity program that helps underrepresented creatives by providing hands-on experience, training, allyship, and leadership programmes.

Louise also coaches, mentors, and develops others through her volunteer work in community development programmes. She is excited to support DRM’s mission and believes that all children should have access to an inclusive education that reflects who they are.