Bright Network’s Advisory Board

Our advisory board

As we continue to scale the Bright Network platform, we're excited to announce a brand new Advisory Board, designed to support us drive forward the post-pandemic recovery in the early careers space.

The seven members of the board share a wealth of knowledge on early talent recruitment, data analytics, diversity and much more. They will be on hand to advise on strategy and support our work in better connecting our 600k+ members with the world’s leading employers. 

James Uffindell, Bright Network CEO & Founder, said “we’re honoured to work with everyone on this new board. They’ve got the wealth of knowledge and experience we need to help us continue driving our rapid growth, supporting even more employers and graduates’.



Meet the Advisory Board:

Dan Richards

Dan is a partner with Green Park, the leading diversity consultancy and headhunter. He was EY's Talent Acquisition Director for over a decade leading the regional recruitment teams covering executive and partner hiring, extensive international and graduate, apprenticeship, school leaver and intern programmes. He continues to be a member of the Board of Trustees at the EY Foundation. He also supports the Leadership Council for the RL100 and was previously an Advisory Board Member of the Good Recruitment Campaign run through REC and served on the Board of Enactus UK.

Previous roles include being a Director at Alexander Mann Solutions and heading up the resourcing functions at Prudential, Zurich and LV=.

He managed the legal team at Michael Page and was a Vice President at Korn Ferry. Originally he was trained and practiced as a lawyer with Clifford Chance.



AB - Joel
Joel Blake, OBE

Joel is a multi-award-winning businessman, public speaker, and advisor with over 15 years’ experience in helping organisations innovate their inclusive business growth strategies.

Joel is the Founder & CEO an award-winning B2B fintech specialising in financial inclusion, and Chairman of The Cludean Group, a business advisory firm specialising in inclusive business support for the professional services sector.

He has guest lectured at several globally recognised business schools on entrepreneurship, inclusion, and technology, and has also worked with No 10 Downing Street business policy advisers on UK business growth strategies.

He is the former Executive for Growing Business and Access to Finance (GBSLEP) and the former National Diversity Advisor for Golf.

He was awarded an OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise in 2016.



AB - Katie
Katie Mantwa George

Katie is a Talent and Inclusion Advisor, Speaker, Founder and Author.

Following a 15-year Talent Acquisition career in companies including Amazon and Credit Suisse, Katie has built, centralised and led talent teams across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Katie advises and speaks on the topics of entry-level talent, inclusive and innovative recruitment practices as well as her own personal stories. Katie focuses on helping businesses and leaders to cultivate an inclusive mindset. Katie’s accolades include numerous published articles, a front cover feature for Recruiter Magazine as well as recognition as one of the EMPower Top 50 Future Ethnic Minority Leaders.

Katie is the founder of Cheeky Mantwa Joyful Stationery, a creative studio that embodies Katie’s passion for inclusivity and sustainability. She collaborates with individuals and businesses to create stationery that shifts mindsets. Katie is also writing her debut children’s books focusing on what it means to be from a mixed background, reflecting on her own experience as a person of South African and British heritage.

Katie believes in compassionate leadership, mindfulness and empowering others.



AB - Paula
Paula Leach

Paula is an experienced HR Executive and Coach and is Founder of Vantage Points Consulting.  She has over 25 years experience covering multinational private sector, large scale public sector and entrepreneurial growth. She has held the Executive positions of Chief People Officer in the Home Office and in the FTSE 250 global company FDM Group.

With a passion for Inclusion, Paula has created a pro-bono Foundation supporting young professional Women in their early careers.  Her coaching specialisms include Leadership, Culture change, Inclusion, Talent and Strategic workforce planning.  Paula is the author of 'Vantage Points - how to create a culture where employees thrive'.



Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA

Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Gender Diversity at HEC Paris in Qatar.

Over the last decade Shaheena has been working with leaders to develop innovative approaches to build on diversity teams to create innovative and effective cultures. Shaheena works with public organisations, NGOs and private business leaders globally including FTSE100, Fortune 500 to help them transform their cultures and strengthen workplace cultures. Shaheena was worked on gender leadership policy reports for the Commonwealth Secretariat and UK Council, the European Union and G20.

Shaheena is a regular contributor for Forbes, her latest book ‘Futureproof Your Career’ is published by Bloomsbury Press.

Shaheena loves the opportunity of combining work and travel and her most favourite work-cations include Brazil and Tajikistan.



AB - Susan
Susan Hallam, MBE

Susan was awarded an MBE for services to entrepreneurship and innovation in the Queen’s Honours 2018.  Also in 2018, Susan was named a BIMA 100 CEO & Leaders shaping the digital industry, and she was made a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing. 

She is the Founder of Hallam, one of the UK’s leading digital agencies. She is also the Chair of the Board of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, Susan is committed to the growth of the city’s creative economy, and developing Nottingham's reputation as a great place to live, learn, work, and invest.

She is a Freeman of the City of London and a Trustee of Nottingham Castle.  She serves on the Nottingham Economic Growth Board, planning the economic recovery and renewal strategy for the city. 

Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Nottingham Trent University with specialist interest in digital technologies, Susan also held senior digital marketing roles at BT and Capital One before establishing Hallam Internet in 1999.