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Social Investment Committee members
Peter Field was appointed by The Queen to be Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex on 19 August 2008, having served as Her Majesty’s Vice Lord Lieutenant from 2000. Born in Brighton in 1946 he was educated in the City and is married with two children.
A Chartered Surveyor by profession, he has always used his skills to support and help the single homeless, notably he was a key player in the introduction of the Foyer Federation to the UK and in the development of several major Sussex Housing Associations.
A Magistrate for more than 20 years before becoming Lord Lieutenant, he also chaired the highly successful Brighton and Hove Business Community Partnership since its inception in 1994, and for many years served on the South East Leadership Team for the Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community (BITC) being appointed the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for the South East in 2003. For over ten years in the 1990s he chaired the City’s Regeneration Partnership successfully using close on £50m of Government money to lever in a further £100m which contributed to many of the changes to the fabric and culture of the City that are visible today.
Not withstanding his considerable duties representing HM The Queen, he takes seriously the Monarch’s request that he provides encouragement and support for all sectors of the community. This includes supporting and encouraging military organisations, the business sector, statutory undertakings, and charitable and voluntary groups (he is Patron or President of some 40 local organisations), He sits on the board of several commercial companies in the County and is currently also developing and supporting Social Enterprise, Youth and Environmental initiatives.
Managing Director of the Brighton & Hove Business Forum
Tony Mernagh is the Managing Director of the Brighton & Hove Business Forum, which administers a range of projects both in Brighton and other parts of the UK including the largest Business Crime Reduction Partnership in the UK and the Brighton Business Improvement District.
Tony has held this position for fifteen years and until recently was also the Executive Director of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership representing the business community on a wide variety of bodies including Brighton & Hove’s Strategic Partnership, the Strategic Housing Partnership and the Public Service Board.
In a previous life he was a retailer for 15 years with five shops in Brighton and Oxford. Before that he was the Head of Upper School at the British School in El Salvador in Central America during the civil war years between 1980 and 1985.
He is married with one daughter and he lives in Hove.
Head of Supplier Relationship Management & Senior Commercial Lead
Mark joined Legal & General in 2012 and is responsible for managing the supplier relationship activities of the group.
This control and oversight function exists to ensure L&G drives the best value and quality from our suppliers, that customers experience excellent service and L&G conforms to rigorous policies and regulatory requirements. This involves day to day management of L&G’s critical suppliers and setting the policies for the groups wider supply chain.
Also currently leading a group wide installation of new tools to support online buying of goods and services
Mark sits on the Group Environmental Committee and Employee Engagement forums, and was recently an assessor for the 2015 CIBT Responsible Business Awards.
Prior to joining Legal & General Mark worked for Lloyds Banking Group in numerous roles the last of which was managing the Group’s offshore supplier base.
Consultant at Dickinson Project Management Ltd
David Dickinson has worked in financial services for over 20 years in a number of different roles.
David worked as a project manager in the Platform and Distribution Division at Legal & General. He project managed a number of large projects, most notably the start-up of a large greenfield insurance company in India. David is now working as a self-employed consultant.
David is himself actively engaged in mentoring a small marketing and design social enterprise in East London and has been doing this for two years. He passionately believes that there is a need for change in the current environment to provide a more open and stable environment for social enterprise to grow and flourish hence his support for this project.
Local Director, Metro Bank in Brighton and surrounding areas.
Brian Quinton is the Local Director for Metro Bank in Brighton with responsibility for a store to be opened shortly as Metro Bank continues its expansion in the South of England.
Brian has 12 years of Corporate Banking experience and has worked with business management teams from a wide variety of industry sectors with typical annual turnovers ranging from £5m to £50m.
Brian has set up, facilitated and been involved with networking clubs and has also been a Business Advisor for Young Enterprise. Brian is also involved in the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership, helping to structure the economic prospects for the Brighton and Hove business community and neighbouring areas.
Senior Corporate Advisory Manager, Charities Aid Foundation
Klara leads on the corporate side of CAF’s Advisory and Consultancy team.
Since joining CAF in 2010, she has been responsible for building and delivering a full consultancy service in the area of corporate responsibility and community investment both in the UK and internationally. Klara has delivered a range of strategy, research, stakeholder engagement, partnership, development and volunteering projects for clients such as ASOS, Brewin Dolphin, BT, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Legal & General, Macquarie and Rio Tinto. She recently was a consultant and judge for the Business Charity Awards and the Law Society Excellence Awards.
Before joining CAF, Klara spent four years at EdComs where she co-founded the Consultancy team and used her expertise in research, broad-based stakeholder engagement, project management and strategy development to identify and develop innovative education, business and CSR. Klara’s clients at EdComs included the Army, Boots, BP, the British Heart Foundation, BSkyB, Comic Relief, Department for Education, Discovery, Google, The Children’s Society, and Starbucks.
Prior to EdComs, Klara worked as a researcher for the BBC, GfK NOP and Sadek Wynberg Millward Brown and delivered projects for a range of major commercial and public sector clients.
Klara graduated from Oxford University in 2001 and also holds the Market Research Society Diploma. She is also a governor at a local primary school and heads up their Finance and Personnel committee.
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Legal & General
Graham Precey has been Head of Corporate Responsibility for Legal & General Group Plc since 2007.
His role is to be the “conscience” of the organisation in the way that it campaigns for social, environmental and economic issues material to its businesses of Risk, Savings and Investment Management.
Legal & General is campaigning for important issues as a major player in the Financial Services Industry including: Housing for all, Good Corporate Governance, A Healthier Nation, a Stronger Savings Culture, Sustainable Commercial Property and Alleviating Pensioner Poverty. All of these have been achieved through finding Third Sector Partners who are willing to share their Intellectual Property in exchange for research and development funds. A corporate view of the world is balanced with Graham’s involvement in leading Third Sector organisations.
Corporate Responsibility Manager, Legal & General
Frances has been Corporate Responsibility Manager for the past eight years and is responsible for delivering campaigns and community programmes across over half of Legal & General’s workforce investing over half a million pounds per annum into the Third Sector.
She also led a Savings Campaign for the Group including Financial education for 4,000 young people across the UK and working with South East Credit Unions to provide access for half a million clients to much needed financial advice. Her work has been short listed for the 2011 Drum Marketing Awards and the 2012 Financial Services Forum Awards for Marketing Effectiveness and has won the coveted BITC volunteering team of the year for the South East for the past three years.
Frances also sits and advises on a number of boards and community investment programmes including the Argus Appeal, the BITC Leatherhead Hub and the Sussex CSR forum amongst others.
Frances dedication to Sussex and CSR has spanned over 20 years since she came to train as a teacher in the 1970’s. She holds a BEd from the University of Sussex.