Ambassadors

Trishna Bharadia

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Trishna Bharadia is a leading advocate in the area of multiple sclerosis, chronic illness and disability. Afull-time translator for an information services company, she dedicates most of her spare time to raising awareness about and supporting people who have MS, chronic illness and/or disability, both in the general population and in Asian communities. She was diagnosed with MS at the age of 28, in May 2008, and since then has used her experiences to help others cope with this lifelong, currently incurable neurological condition in as positive a way as possible.

She collaborates with various organisations in the UK and abroad, including the MS Society
(Ambassador), the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (Patron), the Huntingdon MS Therapy Centre (Patron) and Asian MS (Newsletter Editor and Committee member).
She speaks at events and in the media about issues affecting people with MS, disability and/or chronic illness, campaigns, writes, vlogs, blogs, fundraises, is part of the MS Society’s Research Network, advises on MS, chronic illness and disability, and helps to educate pharmaceutical staff and healthcare professionals about living with MS and chronic illness.

She also regularly sits on the judging panel for the MS Society’s annual awards. In 2015 she put MS on the national map by appearing in the first ever “People’s Strictly for Comic Relief” on BBC1, dancing a jive with professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec in this four-part Strictly Come Dancing spin-off.

She’s won several awards for her work and has spoken at some high profile events, including as part of various
initiatives in the Houses of Parliament. She was also instrumental in the development of an
innovative six-week “Living Well with MS” course for Sue Ryder Nettlebed. Her awards include MS
Society Volunteer of the Year 2013, Sue Ryder Southern Women of Achievement 2015, Woman of Achievement 2015 (Women of the Year Foundation) and the PRECIOUS Leadership Award 2016.

Justine Lutterodt FRSA

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Justine Lutterodt FRSA is Director of the Centre for Synchronous Leadership. She brings to her practice fifteen years of experience working with senior leaders from professional services and Fortune 500 companies. Her project work has been recognised for its innovative design and high impact, receiving BiTC awards in 2013 and 2014.

Outside of CSL client work Justine is an international conference speaker, an occasional lecturer, and a contributor to several community initiatives such as Your Future, Your Ambition.  Her thought pieces on ethical leadership have been featured at the World Economic Forum on three separate occasions.  Justine serves as an advisory board member for the University of East London School of Business and Law and as an executive committee member of the Network of Networks (TNON).  She is also a judge for Opportunity Now and chairs the judging process for the Diversity Legal Awards.  In January 2016, Justine was named one of Britain’s most influential black entrepreneurs by BE Mogul.

Justine holds an MSc from LSE in Organisational Psychology and a BA from Yale in Maths and Philosophy, both with distinction.

Charlene White

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Charlene White is a presenter and journalist for ITV News and ITV London.

She was born in South London to Dominican parents and attended Blackheath High School in South East London and graduated from the London College of Printing.

She’s had a varied broadcasting career including working at ITV Meridian, various roles  across the BBC including 1Xtra, Radio 1, BBC News 24, Radio 5 Live, BBC3 and BBC London, and has lived in the USA writing for the New York Post.

Charlene regularly mentors young people and has volunteered at several community radio stations, schools and colleges to help them with media training.

Charlene is a member of the Diversity Panel at ITV News and regularly participates in events for the Cultural Diversity Network.

She is hailed as one of the brightest stars in UK Broadcasting.

Funke Abimbola

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Funke is a senior lawyer and leader for the world’s largest biotech. She is currently the most senior black lawyer working within the UK pharmaceutical industry and one of the most senior globally.

A multi award winning solicitor and diversity campaigner, she has received national and European recognition for her legal and diversity work. In 2015 alone, she won the Gender Role Model award (National Diversity Awards), Career Woman of the Year award (Women4Africa), Outstanding Woman in Professional Services award (Precious Awards) and Inspiring Member of the Year award (Inclusive Networks Awards).

Funke speaks regularly at conferences in the UK and abroad. In addition, she speaks to school students as part of Speakers4Schools (offering free, inspiring talks to state school students) and to University students as a Professional Ambassador of Aspiring Solicitors (an organisation established to break down all entry-level barriers into the legal profession). As a Senior Advisory Board Member of Aspiring Solicitors, she has committed to developing and supporting the next generation of BAME female lawyers by providing tailored mentoring, coaching and other assistance.

She is a Champion and Advisory Board Member for WILL, Women in Law London (a network of over 1,800 women lawyers, supporting the pipeline of female lawyers) and is also a Project Champion for the First 100 Years Project (creating a digital library that will be archived by the British Library in 2019, a year that marks 100 years of women lawyers in the UK). In 2015, she founded the Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law network to support the international pipeline of female legal talent within the life sciences sector. She is also a Steering Committee member for DRIVE, a House of Lords-based diversity recruitment initiative chaired by Baroness Jan Royall, former Labour leader of the House.

An expert mentor and sponsor, Funke is a proud mother of a 13 year old son and juggles the demands of career and home, regularly advising working mothers on achieving life balance. Passionate about the law, diversity, education and healthcare, she is a regular media commentator, a keen fundraiser for various charities (including Cancer Research UK) and has twice served as school governor and as a board director.

She was recently admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, recognizing the positive impact and outstanding contributions that she has made to British society as a whole.