Business Leadership Council

Purpose. The Business Leadership Council (BLC) is group of pre-eminent business leaders and individuals who – whilst outside of The 5% Club governance which is led by our Trustees – form a body of senior leaders, drawn principally from Patron Members, Sponsors and The 5% Club Fellowship. The BLC is chaired independently and meets informally as required, to provide the Board of Trustees and Executive team with invaluable insights, business intelligence and practical ideas. This to help boost the performance of The 5% Club and the relevance of our activities in the pursuance of our purpose and mission, and those areas where campaigning is required to shape a supportive policy framework.

Meeting Chair. Appointed in May 2024, the independent chair of The 5% Club Business Leadership Council is Rt Hon Anne Milton.

Objectives. Working with the Board of Trustees and Executive Team, the Business Leadership Council provides a second critical layer to help shape activities in the following ways:

  • they serve as a visible, positive supporter of The 5% Club’s development efforts;
  •  they participate in biannual Leadership Council meetings;
  • through led discussion, they shape thinking and action by sharing insights and business intelligence on the contemporary skills sector matters, issues or challenges;
  • they help to identify potential supporters (Corporate, Government, Foundation or Individual) who have an interest in the future of The 5% Club; and
  • they open doors and approach peers for support.

Membership. The membership of The 5% Club Business Leadership Council includes:
Board Members.

  • Selected members of the Executive Senior Leadership Team.
  • Patron Members of The 5% Club.
  • Patron Sponsors of The 5% Club.
  • Senior Fellows of The 5% Club.

Rt Hon Anne Milton  – Independent Chair of the Business Leadership Council

Leo Quinn –  Founder, The 5% Club 
Group Chief Executive
Balfour Beatty PLC

Patron Members

Graham Ball 
Accuracy UK

Rear Admiral Simon Charlier 
Senior Defence & Political Adviser UK

Mathieu du Plooy
Chief Operating Officer

Nichola Hay MBE
Director of Apprenticeship Strategy and Policy, BPP 

Clive Higgins
Chair and CEO

Paul Livingston
Chief Executive Officer
Lockheed Martin UK

Sian Vernon 
People Officer, UK Defence

Additional Members of The 5% Club Business Leadership Council

Patron Sponsors

  • James Austen,  CEO – The School Outreach Company
  • Lindsay Conroy, Head of Apprenticeships and Pete Milsom Partnerships Manager for Apprenticeships – UCAS
  • Paddy Craven Director of Policy, Strategic Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Daniel Keller, CEO – Unifrog
  • Viren Patel, Director of Employers and Partnerships – the Open University
  • Emily Rock, CEO – St Martin’s Group

Others: partners, stakeholders and Fellows

  • Martin Birchall,  Managing Director – Highfliers
  • Andrew Churchill OBE, Executive Chairman – JJ Churchill Ltd
  • Professor Steve Petrie,  Regional Director – Centrica / Scottish Gas
  • Justin Rix, Head of People Advisory – Grant Thornton